The Adele Callaghan Award for Healthcare Simulation

Dr Adele Callaghan was a pioneer in healthcare simulation. Dr Callaghan made substantial contributions to the National Faculty development program – NHET-Sim and was instrumental in the uptake of simulation-based clinical education in the Loddon-Mallee and Hume regions of northern Victoria, achieved through deployment of local and mobile simulation programs.

In 2020, Dr Callaghan was posthumously awarded her PhD at Monash University after her untimely death from cancer. This academic achievement was a product of a hard-working, collaborative, curious inter-professional mindset that Adele infectiously carried with her through her clinical and university days.

Dr Callaghan’s thesis explored the skills that junior doctors require for recognising and managing deteriorating patients.

The skills required for junior doctors to competently recognise, respond and manage the deteriorating patient in an acute ward in a regional hospital

The Adele Callaghan Award for Healthcare Simulation has been created to honour Dr Callaghan’s contributions. This award will be offered annually for five years.

The award will comprise a complimentary place on the Monash short course – Learning and Teaching with Simulation.

The awardee must be a candidate for the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation (GradCertClinSim), Monash University or the Master of Clinical Simulation (MClinSim), Monash University.


The awardee is to be nominated by the Loddon Mallee Hume Simulation Alliance (LMHSA).

Past award recipients

2020 - Estelle Houlihan

Estelle is the Simulation Coordinator at Goulburn Valley Health. She has been involved in the development and implementation of simulation scenarios. She has also worked with the Hume Simulation Alliance and is a committee member of the Victorian Simulation Alliance. Upon receiving the award, she commenced her enrolment in the Scenario Design for Simulation-based Education course at Monash University, working towards her Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation.