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Education and Simulation pillar

Our pillar designs, delivers and evaluates health professional simulation and educational activities within the Emergency Department and at interfaces with our colleagues in the hospital. We connect educational activities to improve practice and better patient outcomes.

Collaborating with the Bond University Translational Simulation Collaborative and the Gold Coast Health Simulation Service, we are improving teamwork in acute care, driving innovation in health professions education, and supporting clinician educator faculty development. This work has resulted in 14 peer reviewed publication in 2020 and numerous conference presentations.

We supervised 10 Masters students in 2020, and have increased our supervision in 2021. To promote research across the community, we have also published several podcasts and blog posts.

Pillar aims

Our pillar works to:

  • ensure educational activities are evidence based and align with institutional patient care priorities
  • develop clinician educators as scholars in medical education
  • undertake research projects relevant to our education and simulation activities

Our team

Name Job title/s
Professor Victoria Brazil

Pillar Lead

Emergency Department Physician

Dr Warwick Isaacson

Emergency Department Physician

Dr Eve Purdy

Emergency Department

Education Research Fellow

Mr Chris Speirs

Emergency Department

Education Research Fellow

Ms Nemat Alsaba

Geriatric Emergency Physician

Ms Sonia Twigg

Paediatric Emergency Physician

Mr David Lawless

Emergency Department Physician

Ms Ruth-Ellen Marks

Education Registrar

Ms Charlotte Alexander

Research Registrar

Ms Jane Schweitzer

Simulation Educator

Ms Clare Scott

Simulation Instructor

Equipment Manager

Ms Lucy Bills

Clinical Nurse Facilitator

Mr Jack Matulich

Clinical Facilitator

(Practical Training)

Ms Belinda Lowe

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Conjoint Associate Professor of Women's Health

Research themes

Our research focuses on various themes including:

  • teamwork in trauma and acute care
  • developing institutional culture through in situ simulation
  • peer-assisted simulated learning
  • laparoscopic and procedural skills training
  • inter-professional education
  • faculty development for clinician educators.

Current Projects

  • Exploring the bidirectional effect of psychological safety in a longitudinal simulation program
  • Getting to the CT Scanner Fast and Safe
  • Relational Coordination (in Trauma, Post-Partum Hemorrhage)
  • Understanding and shaping rituals in emergency medicine (rounds, simulation activities)
  • The impact of a simulation faculty development project on translational simulation activity at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service.
  • Educators practices for preparation of nurses for simulation-based education at Gold Coast University Hospital. (Jane Schweitzer)
  • Virtual Reality Laparoscopic simulation program (Belinda Lowe)
  • COVID-19 shaping trauma care (Lucy Francis)

Recent Digital Scholarship

Current projects

Trauma care is complex, involving individual practitioners and teams from various professional…

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The “Buddy Study” funded in the EMF grant round 25 showed a common type of hand fracture can be…

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Establishing a Virtual Community of Practice in Simulation: The Value of Social Media

Thoma, B., Brazil, V., Spurr, J., Palaganas, J., Eppich, W., Grant, V., & Cheng, A. (2018). Simulation in Healthcare, 13(2), 124-130.

Getting on with field research using participant deconstruction

Wright, A. L., Middleton, S., Hibbert, P., & Brazil, V. (2018). Organizational Research Methods, 1094428118782589

See one, do one, teach one: Is it enough? No

Speirs, C., & Brazil, V. (2018). Emergency Medicine Australasia, 30(1), 109-110.

Last updated 30 Jan 2023