​Our Team

Our team of highly skilled instructors share a common interest and passion in education and patient safety.

Simulation-based team training requires special expertise in addition to clinical ability. The HNE Simulation Centre provides extended instructor training and has processes for certifying its instructors.  Instructors are Specialists and Fellows and senior nursing staff, largely from Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, who are active clinically in their area of specialty.

We also have a group of dedicated junior medical staff who are in the process of learning how to become simulation instructors.

We welcome visitors who are interested in learning about simulation-based team training in healthcare. Please email us for more information about teaching, research and Fellowship opportunities.

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Director

Dr Cate McIntosh, FANZCA

Simulation appointment:  Director

Other appointments: Senior Staff Specialist in Anaesthesia HNE Health, Conjoint Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle, Simulation Fellowship Supervisor, ANZCA Supervisor of Training – Provisional Fellowship, ANZCA Clinical Fundamental Tutor – Resuscitation, Trauma & Crisis Management, ANZCA Scholar Role Supervisor

Simulation specific training:   Fellowship in Simulation Stanford University 2004-5, Crisis Resource Management Instructor Certificate Stanford University 2005, EMAC Instructor Certificate 2005, Institute for Medical Simulation (Harvard) Simulation as a Teaching Tool Instructor Course 2009, Institute for Medical Simulation (Harvard) Graduate Course 2011

Interests: Human Factors, Understanding how and why simulation works as a teaching tool, Instructor training and development

Contact:  Email C/- Acting Operations Manager Gemma Smith 

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Manager (job-share)

Cassandra Quigley, Dip Mgt, AdDipMgt

Simulation appointment:  Operations Manager (Mon-Tue)

Contact: Email Cassandra Quigley or phone (02) 4985 5569

 

Gemma Smith, Grad Cert Corporate Communication

Simulation appointment:  Operations Manager (Wed-Fri)

Contact:  Email Gemma Smith or phone (02) 4985 5569

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Admin / Support

Liz Taggart

Simulation appointment:  Simulation Delivery Support Officer

Contact: Email Liz Taggart or phone (02) 4921 4268

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Instructors

Mark Amey, RN, RM, G Dip Genetic Couns, MN (NP), Grad Cert Epid.

Simulation appointment:  Simulation Coordinator

Other appointments:  Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Simulation specific training:  HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training

Interests:  Improving communication and timework, as well as clinical skills, in the setting of Newborn Resuscitation. Looking at the way ad hoc teams work together, and mange to debrief in difficult circumstances.

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Dr Ursula Beckmann, FRCP, FCICM

Simulation appointment:  Faculty Lead for Intensive Care

Other appointments:  Senior Staff Specialist in Intensive Care John Hunter Hospital, Conjoint Lecturer University of Newcastle

Simulation specific training:  Institute for Medical Simulation (Harvard) Simulation as a Teaching Tool Instructor Course 2011, Institute for Medical Simulation (Harvard) Advanced Instructor Course 2014, HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training 2011 - 2014

Interests:  Incorporation of simulation training into the overall training of Intensive Care staff

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Dr Simon Campbell, MBBS, BMedSc

Simulation appointment:  Provisional Fellow in Simulation

Other appointments:  Provisional Fellow in Anaesthesia, John Hunter Hospital

Simulation specific training: HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training

Interests:  Medical Education, Crisis Resource Management

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Dr Anna Carter, MBBS, GCertHealthProfEd

Simulation appointment: Provisional Fellow in Simulation

Other appointments: Provisional Fellow in Anaesthesia, Conjoint Fellow Faculty of Heath and Medicine University of Newcastle

Simulation specific training: HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training, Australian Resuscitation Council Advanced Life Support Instructor

Interests: Medical education, Obstetric anaesthesia and training, Welfare of medical officers and doctors-in-training
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Dr Michael Dobbie, FANZCA

Simulation appointment: Faculty

Other appointments: Staff Specialist Anaesthetist John Hunter Hospital, ANZCA Special Study Unit Supervisor - Paediatrics

Simulation specific training: HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training

Interests: Paediatric training, Medical education

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Dr David Donnelly, FANZCA

Simulation appointment: Faculty

Other appointment:  Visiting Medical Officer Anaesthetist HNE Health  

Simulation specific training:  Institute for Medical Simulation (Harvard) Simulation as a Teaching Tool Instructor Course 2012, HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training

Interests:  Team training, Patient safety

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Elizabeth (Liz) Doyle, CNS

Simulation appointment: Simulation Coordinator

Other appointment:  Performance Improvement Coordinator, Intensive Care Unit, John Hunter Hospital

Simulation specific training: Institute for Medical Simulation (Harvard) Simulation as a Teaching Tool Instructor Course 2012, HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training

Interests:  Team training, Debriefing

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Dr Delyth Edwards, FANZCA

Simulation appointment: Faculty

Other appointments:  Staff Specialist Anaesthetist John Hunter Hospital, ANZCA Special Study Unit Supervisor – Head & Neck, ANZCA Clinical Fundamental Tutor – Airway Management  

Simulation specific training: Institute for Medical Simulation (Harvard) Simulation as a Teaching Tool Instructor Course 2012, HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training 2008 – 2014

Interests:  Medical education, Patient safety, Difficult airway management training

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Dr Sabry Eissa, MBBS, BSc, FANZCA 

Simulation appointment:  Faculty

Other appointments:  Staff Specialist Anaesthetist John Hunter Hospital, ANZCA Burns & Reconstructive SSU Supervisor & Part 2 Medical Viva Practice Co-ordinator

Simulation specific training:  Instructor HNE Simulation Centre 2014-present, NHET-Sim Training 2014, HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Debriefing Workshop 2014

Interests:  Team skills training, Human factors issues in the workplace

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Dr Elyse Farrow, MBBS, B. Sc (Mol Bio & Gen), Grad Cert Clinical Education

Simulation appointment: Anaesthetics Education Fellow

Other appointments: Provisional Fellow in Anaesthesia, John Hunter Hospital, APLS Instructor

Simulation specific training: Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education (Flinders University)

Interests: Paediatric anaesthesia, Communication in crisis resource management

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Joe Fluechter, RN

Simulation appointment:  Simulation Coordinator

Other appointment:  Registered Nurse, Intensive Care Unit, Calvary Mater Newcastle  

Simulation specific training: HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training 2014

Interests: ICU team training

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Carmel Fox, RN

Simulation appointment: Simulation Coordinator

Other appointment:  Registered Nurse, Anaesthetics and Recovery, John Hunter Hospital

Simulation specific training: HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training

Interests: Team training

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Max Henriette

Simulation appointment: Simulation Technical Officer

Interests: Technology

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Dr Michael Hicks, FANZCA

Simulation appointment:  Provisional Fellow in Simulation

Other appointments:  Provisional Fellow in Anaesthesia, John Hunter Hospital

Simulation specific training: HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training, Giving Feedback with Impact 2015

Interests:  Medical Education, Crisis Resource Management and Simulation in Anaesthesia

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Dr Chris Jenkins, FACEM

Simulation appointment: Faculty Lead for Emergency Medicine

Other appointments:  Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine John Hunter Hospital, Staff Specialist in Retrieval Medicine John Hunter Hospital, Director of Emergency Medicine Training John Hunter Hospital, Conjoint Lecturer University of Newcastle and University of New England 

Simulation specific training: Institute for Medical Simulation (Harvard) Simulation as a Teaching Tool Instructor Course 2011, HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training

Interests:  Team training, Instructor training and development

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Janelle Keers, CNS

Simulation appointment: Simulation Coordinator

Other appointment:  Clinical Nurse Specialist, Anaesthetics and Recovery, John Hunter Hospital
  
Simulation specific training: HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training

Interests:  Operating theatre team training

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Dr Lee-ann Kitto, FANZCA

Simulation appointment: Faculty

Other appointments:  Staff Specialist Anaesthetist John Hunter Hospital, ANZCA Special Study Unit Supervisor - Orthopaedics
  
Simulation specific training: HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training 2008 – 2014

Interests: Use of simulation for assessment, Team training, Medical education

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Dr Michael Law, FANZCA

Simulation appointment: Faculty

Other appointments:  Staff Specialist Anaesthetist John Hunter Hospital, Retrieval Specialist Hunter Retrieval Service

Simulation specific training: HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training

Interests:  Pre-hospital medicine, Airway management, Wilderness medicine, Thoracic anaesthesia, Paediatric anaesthesia

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Greg Little, RN

Simulation appointment: Senior Simulation Coordinator

Other appointment:  Registered Nurse, Anaesthetics and Recovery, John Hunter Hospital

Simulation specific training: Institute for Medical Simulation (Harvard) Simulation as a Teaching Tool Instructor Course 2012, Institute for Medical Simulation (Harvard) Advanced Debriefing Course 2016.

Interests:  Interdisciplinary team training, Debriefing in simulation education

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Dr Sacha Muller-Botti, FANZCA

Simulation appointments: Faculty

Spanish speaking faculty of the Institute for Medical Simulation, Boston, USA

Other appointments:  Staff Specialist Anaesthetist, John Hunter Hospital

Simulation specific training: Institute for Medical Simulation (Harvard) Simulation as a Teaching Tool Instructor Course 2013, Institute for Medical Simulation (Harvard) Advanced Instructor Course 2014

Interests: Crisis resource management and training in anaesthesia, Simulation instructor training

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Dr Rob O'Connor, FCICM, FANZCA

Simulation appointment: Faculty

Other appointment:  Staff Specialist in Intensive Care John Hunter Hospital  

Simulation specific training: HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training

Interests:  Team training, Crisis resource management

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Narrell O'Dea, CNS, MPS

Simulation appointment: Senior Simulation Coordinator 

Other appointment: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Intensive Care Unit, John Hunter Hospital

Simulation specific training: Institute for Medical Simulation (Harvard) Simulation as a Teaching Tool Instructor Course 2012, HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training

Interests: Simulation instructor training, Team training

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Dr Candice Peters,  B Sp Path, MBBS, Grad Cert Clin Ed, FANZCA

Simulation appointment:  Post-Graduate Education Fellow Anaesthesia & ICU 

Other appointments: Conjoint Teaching Fellow University of Newcastle/University of New England, Morbidity & Mortality Chair Department of Anaesthesia, John Hunter Hospital

Simulation specific training: HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training 2014-present, ANZCA Emergency Response Series Can't Intubate Can't Oxygenate Instructor training 2016, Essentials of Debriefing 2017

Interests: Crisis Resource Management, Human Factors & how they relate to patient pafety, Medical education, Welfare of medical officers & doctors-in-training

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Dr Sancha Robinson, FANZCA

Simulation appointment:  Faculty

Other appointments: Staff Specialist Anaesthetist John Hunter Hospital, Conjoint Teaching Fellow University of Newcastle, ANZCA Supervisor of Training John Hunter Hospital - Introductory Training, Basic Training, Advanced Training

Simulation specific training: Institute for Medical Simulation (Harvard) Simulation as a Teaching Tool Instructor Course 2013

Interests: Communication, Reflective learning, Leader ship and followership, The patient experience

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Dr Rebecca Scott, BMed, BSc (Biotechnology)

Simulation appointment:  Provisional Fellow in Simulation

Other appointments: Provision Fellow in Anaesthesia, John Hunter Hospital

Simulation specific training:  HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training

Interests: Crisis Resource Management, medical education and research

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Ellen Seib, CNS

Simulation appointment:  Simulation Coordinator

Other appointments:  Registered Nurse Operating Theatre John Hunter Hospital, Clinical Educator Australian College of Nursing,  Nurse Instructor Definitive Perioperative Nurses Trauma Course (DPNTC)

Simulation specific training: HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training

Interests: Operating Theatre team training, Simulation in multi-disciplinary teams

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Fiona Smith, RN

Simulation appointment:  Simulation Coordinator

Other appointment: Registered Nurse, Intensive Care Unit, John Hunter Hospital 

Simulation specific training: Clinical Supervisors and Educators Feedback Workshop, HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training

Interests:  Communication in crisis management, Teamwork skills

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Dr Gavin Sullivan, FRCA, FANZCA

Simulation appointment: Faculty

Other appointments:  Staff Specialist Anaesthetist John Hunter Hospital, Conjoint Clinical Lecturer University of Newcastle   

Simulation specific training: HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training

Interests: Undergraduate and junior postgraduate simulation

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Dr Lee-Tam Teo, MRCPC (UK), CICM (PAEDIATRIC)

Simulation appointment: Faculty

Other appointments:  Staff Specialist in Intensive Care, John Hunter Hospital  

Simulation specific training: HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training 2013, IPSS (International Paediatric Simulation Society) Paediatric Simulation Instructor Workshop 2014

Interests: Paediatric critical care related simulation, and incorporating various aspects of simulation into the current paediatric intensive care teaching, including the Paediatric BASIC course and interprofessional teaching in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit

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Dr Tom Walker, FANZCA

Simulation appointment: Faculty

Other appointments:  Staff Specialist Anaesthetist, John Hunter Hospital  

Simulation specific training: HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training

Interests: Obstetrics

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Dr Jodie Williams, FRACS

Simulation appointment:  Faculty

Other appointments:  VMO Lake Macquarie Private Hospital, VMO Warners Bay Private Hospital, Staff Specialist Royal Darwin Hospital

Simulation specific training:  National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre Instructor Training (Darwin), HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training

Interests:  Use of simulation in trauma and theatre scenarios

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Volunteer Instructors

The following doctors are currently participating in the HNE Simulation Centrer Volunteer Instructor Program, starting as Trainee Instructors with the option to continue their instructor development via the Associate Instructor pathway:

Asad Abdi, Josh Anderson, Rachel Baran, Brian Chan, Daniel Chilton, Richard Hanlon, Rebecca Hogbin, Janice Hui, Joshua Lin, Sian Myers, Harry Pearce, Ben Pons, Rebekah Potter, Elsa Russell, Lucy Sutherland and Daniel Zardawi.

Trainee Instructors

Congratulations to the following people who have completed the requirements of the Trainee Instructor Program as part of our Volunteer Instructor Program:

  • Dr Mari Koyanagi
  • Dr Shalini Rajan
  • Dr Shaun Young

Associate Faculty

From SSO to Associate Faculty

As a 5th year medical student, Rheily Wood completed her Special Study Option placement at the HNE Simulation Centre in 2013 and has never looked back. 

Rheily has remained involved in the centre and was our first volunteer instructor to be awarded the title of Associate Faculty.  Read Rheily's story ...