Mater Education's clinical educators and simulation experts provide ongoing mentorship to Mater clinicians in developing and delivering simulation-based education and training across Mater. Our faculty of simulation experts and clinical specialists continues to grow.

Alison Michaels

Alison Michaels

Alison is a registered nurse and clinical educator who has worked extensively in neonatal care settings.

As an Education Coordinator—Simulation for Mater Education, Alison oversees the facility’s simulation-based neonatal advanced resuscitation program, neonatal point-of-care simulation program and a suite of other simulation-based continuing professional development programs and short courses.

On a daily basis she witnesses the value of simulation-based education for learning new skills, testing systems, processes and workflows, and rehearsing high-risk events in order to prepare for every eventuality.

Alison is passionate about simulation as a methodology for its ability to go beyond traditional clinical education and training; encouraging healthcare professionals to reflect on their skills, knowledge and behaviours to drive everyday improvements in the work they do.


  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Master of Health Science (Clinical Education)
  • Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Neonatal Care)
  • Graduate Certificate in Flexible Learning and Simulation for Healthcare Professionals
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Completed the Evidence in Practice Clinical Fellowship Program through the Mater Evidence in Practice Unit


  • Member of the Australian College of Neonatal Nurses (ACNN)
  • Secretary of the Education Special Interest Group of the Australian College of Neonatal Nurses (ACNN)
  • Member of Simulation Australasia
  • Member of the Australian and New Zealand Association for  Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE)