Board of management

The VSA is governed by a Board of Management comprising a team from business, health services, vocational training and education, and higher education. The purpose of the Board is to develop, implement and direct the key strategic operations of the VSA.

Executive board members

Debra Kiegaldie
Debra KiegaldiePresident

Debra is a founding member of the VSA and is the current president. She has worked in the field of simulation for over 20 years.

Her areas of interest include curriculum integration of simulation methodology, simulation evaluation and research, simulated patients/clients and interprofessional learning.

  • Clinical Chair (Health Workforce & Simulation) for Holmesglen Institute & Healthscope Hospitals, Australia
Beverley Sutton
Beverley SuttonVice President

My current simulation focus is with simulated patients. At HEAL we have a Simulated Patient (SP) Program whereby we train SPs. SPs who pass an assessment are entered on to the HEAL database and hired to organisations for educational encounters.

I have in excess of 20 years experience in senior management roles, largely in medical administration and medical education. The latter, utilising simulation in all forms.

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Health Education Australia Ltd. (HEAL).
Julie Cartwright
Julie CartwrightSecretary and Treasurer

Julie Cartwright has a strong business and clinical background with a focus on quality and safety. As a UK trained RN1 Critical Care nurse who came to Australia in 1987, Julie went on to complete her Ba Business (Accounting) at Monash University in 1991, followed by her CPA and MBA at Deakin University.

Julie is a surveyor for the ACHS and Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL). Currently working as a Business Manager at a large independent medical practice, Julie also undertakes some private nurse consulting in chronic disease.

Julie has no actual skills in the simulation environment but hopes to add a different dimension to the board's considerable knowledge base.

Board members

Brendan Condon
Brendan CondonBoard member

I am keen to represent rural Victoria in the simulation world and utilise simulation training within medical student education and for inter-professional communication training, with intern and nursing staff, at South West Healthcare.

I am a clinical senior lecturer in the Greater Green Triangle Rural Clinical School, within the Deakin University School of Medicine, with a background in rural general practice.

I am the Deputy Chair, Education Sub-committee, Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria.

Thomas Hallahan
Thomas HallahanBoard member

I currently work in the clinical training of Undergraduate and graduate students from all health disciplines while they attend clinical placements at Epworth HealthCare.

I deliver simulation-based training for existing hospital staff as part of their CPD requirements, and I'm involved in the development and delivery of simulation-based courses for external education providers.

Karen Livesay
Karen LivesayBoard member

Karen has worked in nursing simulation leading its implementation at VU. More recently she has branched out to work with other discipline groups including midwifery and paramedicine.

Karen has also led simulation in a large interprofessional education program. Simulated Patients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds have been the focus of Karen’s research, work activity and PhD.

  • Discipline leader – Nursing RMIT University
  • Director Cultural Respect Encompassing Simulation Training (CREST) program
  • Foundation VSA board member, VP June 2016 - 2019
  • Twitter @Karen_Livesay
Debra Nestel
Debra NestelBoard member

Debra Nestel is Professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare, Monash University, and Professor of Surgical Education, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, Australia. Debra is Editor-in-Chief, BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning (STEL), the journal of the Association for Simulation Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH). She is program lead for Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation (Monash University). Debra leads a national faculty development program for simulation practitioners – NHET-Sim and a virtual network in simulated patient methodology.

She has received national awards for her work in healthcare simulation (Ray Page Award for service to the simulation community, Simulation Australasia and a Program Innovation Award, Australian Government) and a Presidential Citation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Debra has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers in health professions education, edited books on simulated patient methodology (2015), healthcare simulation (2017), surgical education (2019) and research methods for healthcare simulation (2019).

Monica Peddle
Monica PeddleBoard member
Monica is a Registered Nurse and holds the position of Undergraduate Nursing Courses Coordinator, Course Coordinator Bachelor of Nursing (Post-Registration) Singapore and Mauritius, Academic Program Director Bachelor of Nursing (Post- Registration) Singapore in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Monica has a diverse clinical background working at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, and a demonstrated history of working in the higher education since 1994. Prior to being based at the Melbourne campus, Monica worked at the Wodonga campus of La Trobe University completing a Master of Education in 2011. Monica is an experienced researcher with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused in Professional skills in undergraduate health professionals from Monash University. Monica has developed skills and expertise in Research and Research Design, Academic Writing, Teaching and Learning, Simulation Based Education and Patient Safety.
Tess	Vawser
Tess VawserBoard member

Tess has an extensive background in the establishment and management of hi fidelity simulation centres, the coordination and training of facilitators and program development.

She is currently the Director of Clinical Education and Simulation for Epworth HealthCare expanding all aspects of interdisciplinary Clinical education across the organisation campuses.

She has been involved in the design and implementation of national and state simulation based training programs. Tess comes from Critical Care Nursing Background in Peri operative and Emergency Nursing.

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