NHET-Sim Virtual Workshops

The workshops are similar to our regular face-to-face sessions, re-formatted to suit a virtual delivery. The workshops will be delivered by Zoom. Spaces are limited so early registration is highly encouraged.

While the workshops are open to Australian-based practitioners, International participants are welcomed.

We are currently planning for workshops in 2022. To be kept updated, sign up of our workshop expression of interest list here.


Facilitator profile

Debra Nestel, PhD, FSSH, is the NHET-Sim Programme Lead as well as, 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, Advances in Simulation, the journal of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM). She is program lead for the Graduate Programs in Surgical Education (Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) and the Graduate Programs in Surgical Science (Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne). Debra leads the national program for simulation educators – NHET-Sim and a virtual network in simulated patient methodology. Debra has published over 180 peer-reviewed papers in health professions education, edited books on simulated patient methodology (2015), healthcare simulation (2018), surgical education (2019) and research methods in healthcare simulation (2019). Debra has won many awards and prizes for her work in simulation including the Australian Awards for University Teaching, the Ray Page Lifetime Contribution to Simulation Award (Simulation Australasia), a presidential citation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and is the first Australia-based fellow of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Roles in simulation

  • Chair, Research Committee, Society for Simulation in Healthcare
  • Past Chair, Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare
  • Past Board member, Simulation Australasia
  • Past Board member, Society for Simulation in Healthcare
  • Editor in Chief, Advances in Simulation
  • Course Director, short courses award and non-award courses in simulation
  • Graduate student supervisor of various projects in simulation

Cathy Smith, BA (hons), MA, PhD, CHSE, has worked as a simulationist in health professional education for over 25 years. She consults with various educational and assessment organizations locally, nationally, and internationally.  She works with learners in undergraduate, graduate, continuing education, and faculty development contexts. She has developed curriculum for diverse formats, ranging from face-to-face to web-based platforms.  Recognition for her work includes: the Ruedy Award (Canadian Association of Faculties of Medicine) for innovation in medical education; the Blizzard Award (Canadian Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education) for outstanding teaching; the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) Outstanding Educator Award; and the SIMone Simulation Citizen of the Year Award. A long time ASPE member, she is the current chair of the International Committee. She serves on the editorial board of Advances in Simulation. Recent peer reviewed articles include the ASPE Standards of Best Practice for human role players in simulation as well as working with older SPs.  She has also contributed chapters to books related to SP methodology. Cathy has a particular interest the role of simulated participants in simulation-based education and assessment and performance in simulation.

Roles in simulation:

  • Deputy Director, Simulated Patient Network
  • Simulation and Interprofessional Educator, Baycrest, Toronto
  • National SP Training Consultant, Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada
  • Lead Faculty, Simulation Canada
  • Chair, International Committee, and Board member, ASPE
  • Committee Member, Standards of Practice Committee, ASPE
  • Member of Editorial Board, Advances in Simulation

Dr Shane Pritchard is Lecturer (Physiotherapy) at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Shane has been a faculty member and facilitator of NHET-Sim since 2013, and has a particular interest in simulated participant methodology. Shane completed his PhD in 2020 that investigated innovative simulation-based education approaches for physiotherapy students, and has published several simulation-based educational research papers exploring the practices and experiences of simulated participants and educators.

Shane has co-authored the “SPs and moulage” and “SPs in nursing, pharmacy, paramedicine and physiotherapy” modules for the Simulated Patient Network, and regularly facilitates simulation-based education sessions for physiotherapy students in his day-to-day academic work. Previously, Shane has worked with various health professional educators to design and facilitate simulation-based education sessions that include simulation scenarios, SP training, and debriefing. Shane is also Director of an organisation that provides simulation-based education and training to international physiotherapists seeking registration in Australia.

Separate to his simulation interests, Shane works clinically part-time as a physiotherapist, primarily involved with providing multidisciplinary pain management services for clients with complex chronic pain conditions.