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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.

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/- Operations Manager

Management

Kerry Ward

Simulation appointment: Manager Strategy and Business Development

Other appointments: Extensive experience as Clinical Nurse Consultant, Intensive Care Nursing across HNE Health

Interests: Rural and Regional healthcare teams support, education and networking, deteriorating patient recognition and escalation, standardisation of practice, equipment and evidenced based care across HNE Health

Contact: Email Kerry Ward Phone: (02) 4985 5213  Mobile: 0436 291 546

Cassandra Quigley, AdDipMgt

Simulation appointment: Operations Manager

Contact: Email Cassandra Quigley Phone: (02) 4985 5569

Administration / Support

Liz Taggart

Simulation appointment: Simulation Delivery Support Officer

Contact: Email Liz Taggart Phone: (02) 4921 4268

Technical Support

Max Henriette

Simulation appointment: Simulation Technical Officer

Interests: Technology and electronic design engineering

Contact: Email Max Henriette Phone: (02) 4921 4268

Instructors

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


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


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


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


Sophie Hoffman, RN

Simulation appointment: Simulation Coordinator - Casual

Other appointments: Registered Nurse, Emergency Department John Hunter Hospital

Simulation specific training: HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training


Dr Kate Howson, MBBS (Hons), B AppChem (Hons), GCertClin Teach (Hons)

Simulation appointment: Faculty

Other appointments: Staff Specialist Anaesthetist John Hunter Hospital

Simulation specific training: HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training

Interests: Using simulation as a medical education tool, crisis resource management


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, HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training

Interests:  Team training, Instructor training and development


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


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


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

Contact: Email Greg Little Phone: (02) 4921 4268


Jess Martin, CNS

Simulation appointment: Simulation Coordinator

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

Simulation specific training: HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training

Interests: Team training


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


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


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

Contact: Email Narrell O'Dea Phone: (02) 4921 4268


Dr Aditee Parab, MBBS, M.Med (Infection and Immunity)

Simulation appointment: Faculty

Other appointment: Staff Specialist in Intensive Care John Hunter Hospital

Simulation specific training:  HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training - Basic and Advanced Debriefing

Interests: Medical education, Critical care infectious diseases


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

Simulation appointment:  Faculty

Other appointments: Staff Specialist Anaesthetist John Hunter Hospital, Conjoint Lecturer 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


Donita Pilton, CNS

Simulation appointment: Simulation Coordinator

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

Simulation specific training: HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training

Interests: Team training


Dr Ben Porter, MBChB FRCA FFICM PGCert

Simulation appointment: Faculty

Other appointments: Staff Specialist Anaesthetist & Intensive Care Unit John Hunter Hospital

Simulation specific training: PGCert Multidisciplinary Healthcare Simulation, EMAC Instructor

Interests: Human Factors and System Ergonomics


Dr Rebekah Potter

Simulation appointment: Post Graduate Education Fellow

Other appointments:

Simulation specific training:

Interests: 


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


Annika Schryver, CNS

Simulation appointment: Simulation Coordinator

Other appointments: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Emergency Department John Hunter Hospital,  A/Clinical Nurse Educator, Emergency Department John Hunter Hospital

Simulation specific training:  HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training

Interests:  Quality improvement, research, crisis resource management


Dr Rebecca Scott, BMed, BSc (Biotechnology), FANZCA

Simulation appointment: Faculty

Other appointments: Staff Specialist Anaesthetist John Hunter Hospital

Simulation specific training:  HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training

Interests: Crisis Resource Management, Medical education and research


Fiona Smith, RN

Simulation appointment: Simulation Coordinator

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

Interests: Communication in crisis management, Teamwork skills


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


Dr Amanda Taylor, BMed, GradDipPainMgt

Simulation appointment: Faculty

Other appointments:  Staff Specialist Anaesthetist John Hunter Hospital

Simulation specific training: HNE Simulation Centre Instructor Training, NHET-Sim Training

Interests: Using simulation as a tool for medical education, Crisis Resource Management (CRM) and simulation in anaesthesia


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, 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


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

Join our team

Volunteer Instructor Program

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.

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

About the Volunteer Instructor Program

At the HNE Simulation Centre we welcome your involvement as a trainee instructor. Collectively and individually, our volunteer instructors contribute significantly to the centre.

We offer a limited number of places each year in a structured and supported Volunteer Instructor Program  that aims to:

  • Strengthen participants' association with HNE Simulation Centre
  • Create a program to develop and foster skills in teaching and simulation
  • Reward volunteers for their contribution in a meaningful way
  • Foster the development of educators who will contribute to the HNE Simulation Centre and HNELHD more broadly

How to apply

College trainees and Critical Care SRMOs with an interest in patient safety, human factors, education and/or educational research are encouraged to spend some time with us behind the scenes.

For further information or to express your interest in joining the team, please email your CV (including contact details of two referees) together with a cover letter explaining what you would like to get out of the experience, to the Operations Manager

Fellowship

The HNE Simulation Centre and John Hunter Hospital Department of Anaesthesia offer a range of opportunities for enthusiastic and committed provisional fellows who want to join a team of people who are passionate about patient safety and education.

At any one time we have four fellows (2 simulation fellows, 1 post graduate education fellow and 1 human factors fellow) working with us for 12 months at a time.  Recruitment is via NSW Health annual medical recruitment with advertising in late June.  Interviews are held in August each year.

Simulation / Anaesthesia Fellow

There are two positions available. The purpose of these positions is two-fold:

  1. To provide an opportunity for ANZCA or equivalent provisional fellows to develop sub-speciality expertise in education, training and research using simulation-based methodologies (0.53 FTE). This position suits trainees with an interest in human factors and patient safety as well as those with an interest in education.
  2. To provide an outstanding opportunity (0.47 FTE) to develop and consolidate clinical skills by contributing to the delivery of high quality anaesthesia services for the patients of the Hunter New England Local Health District.

Why trainees should consider this role

This a great opportunity to develop your skills as an educator and/or researcher.

Dr Rebecca Scott was the Simulation/Anaesthesia Fellow prior to taking up a Staff Specialist Anaesthetist position. Here's what Rebecca had to say about the role:

"The simulation fellow job provided excellent exposure to the non-clinical aspects of anaesthesia, coupled with the experience provided by a busy tertiary referral centre

The training in education and non-technical skills was a great boost to my clinical leadership abilities

I particularly appreciated the opportunity to integrate simulation and research, and the support and resources provided to undertake my own simulation-based research study."

Mentor Program

Are you looking to use simulation in your role as an educator? If so, the HNE Simulation Centre can help you get the most from the resources you have by providing a tailored Mentoring Program for HNE staff.

It is our objective that by working together we can collectively create high quality simulation-based training programs across HNELHD.

The aims of the Mentorship Program are:

  • To provide a structured and supportive program for educators who wish to deliver simulation based training across HNELHD
  • To develop and strengthen networks of educators using simulation across the HNELHD
  • To develop skills in debriefing, and the design and delivery of simulation-based training

Medical Students

Type of placement:  Simulation - Human Factors as applied to simulation for education, training, assessment and research purposes

Venue: Hunter New England Simulation Centre, Level 1, Royal Newcastle Centre, John Hunter Hospital campus, Newcastle NSW

Supervisors: Dr Cate McIntosh, Director & Senior Faculty

Please note: Students must be enrolled in an Australian Education Provider (University, TAFE, College) in order to commence a clinical placement within NSW Health.  Clinical Placements are organised by the Education Provider and managed in ClinConnect.

Interests

  1. Medical Education, particularly in the use of simulation for education, training, research and assessment
  2. Human Factors and Patient Safety, particularly the use of simulation as a quality improvement and/or research tool
  3. Critical Care and Anaesthesia (optional)

Description

This term will provide you with an introduction to the role of simulation in healthcare by exploring the opportunities for use in education and training, as well as QI & research purposes.  During the term you will work closely with a diverse range of senior clinicians and observe up close how teams interact under pressure.  This will give you insight into your role in the hospital team during internship and beyond.

This term will interest you if you've considered the following questions:

  • What will my role in the hospital team be?
  • How do I transition between learning, continuing to learn and learning to teach?
  • How do I give meaningful feedback?
  • What is the role of simulation in the training of doctors and healthcare teams?
  • What are the barriers to effective teamwork?
  • What are 'Human Factors'?
  • How can we use simulation to improve patient safety?

Activities

At the start of the rotation we will meet with you to discuss your expectations and tailor the term in order to meet your objectives. You will be given an orientation to the centre and its operations.  During the term you will have the opportunity to participate in a number of the activities.

Achievements

Students will have an opportunity to develop their understanding of the role of the junior doctor as part of the healthcare team by observing and participating in simulation for health care teams and students will develop their understanding of resuscitation and critical care through participation in teaching activities related to these domains.