Staff Profiles

Peter Bridson has an extensive clinical background with over 25 years of nursing in the UK and Australia including working in areas such as Critical Care, Neuro ICU, Neuro Paediatrics, Road Trauma, Community Care and more recently Dialysis. Having joined the team in June 2011, Peter brings a wealth of experience to his current role as Nurse Coordinator at Monash Simulation. He is committed to providing the optimum environment and learning opportunities for course participants.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Amanda Cookman is the administrative assistant at Monash Simulation and is the first point of contact for enquiries and bookings for all courses. Amanda works full time and she is responsible for organising staff rostering, course schedules and general centre administration. Amanda’s previous position as the consumer liaison officer at Monash Medical Centre, has given her an added awareness of the importance of clinical patient safety and has broadened her capacity to liaise with all internal and external course participants and medical/nursing personnel that come through the Simulation Centre.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sue Ballinger-Doran has an extensive background in peri-operative, Anaesthetic and PACU nursing, and made the exciting move into the simulation-based education field in 2004 after spending three years as a Perioperative Clinical Educator. As a simulation instructor, she is involved in a broad range of simulation-based courses for nursing and medical groups, ranging from undergraduates and specialist multidisciplinary teams to Simulation Instructor courses. Sue has recently conducted a research study as part of her MEd, examining the preparation of learners coming into the simulation-based learning environment, which is one of her key areas of interest.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Naomi Field is an Intensive Care nurse and has held senior positions within Nursing Education and the ICU Outreach Team. Her introduction to simulation began after attending a number of simulation courses at the Centre, both as a graduate nurse and senior clinician. As a simulation instructor, Naomi has been instrumental in facilitating nurses to have greater exposure to simulation-based learning opportunities. She has a particular interest in the design and delivery of simulation programs that assist clinicians with the care of the deteriorating ward patient. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Brendan Ingram is the Deputy Director of Anaesthesia at Monash Health and has been involved with simulation since its inception in 1997. Brendan’s longevity with simulation extends into many areas of expertise. At Monash Health, he is heavily involved with the clinical training of anaesthetic trainees and has assisted with the development and delivery of a simulation-based learning program for anaesthetic SRMO’s. As an EMAC instructor, Brendan sees the value of integrating simulation with clinical training.

Helen Kolawole is a staff anaesthetist at Peninsula Health who has completed a Masters Degree in Clinical Education at UNSW. She has been involved with courses at Monash Simulation for about 10 years. She has a particular interest in GP anaesthetist training and regularly works at Alice Springs Hospital. She is an educator in a variety of settings but finds the simulation environment the most rewarding because it facilitates the learning of non-technical skills and the development of behaviours beneficial to multidisciplinary clinical teams.

Anna Korin is an Emergency Physician, working half time at The Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre. She is also currently the Supervisor of Intern Training for The Alfred. In 2005 Anna completed a Fellowship in Simulation and since then, has remained committed to to the Centre as a senior part-time instructor. She has a particular interest in multidisciplinary team training and video assisted reflection and debriefing. Anna enjoys working with a diverse range of undergraduate through to specialty groups.

Mike Lukins is a staff anaesthetist at Monash Medical Centre where he has clinical interests in neuro and vascular anaesthesia, and is heavily engaged in registrar teaching. He has been working as an instructor with Monash Simulation since 2002. He enjoys teaching both crisis management to anaesthetists, and critical care skills to junior medical and nursing staff.

Tracey Nichols has a clinical background in peri-anaesthesia and PACU nursing which she continues to practice and enjoy. Having been involved in simulation-based education at Southern Health from its inception, she has extended her experiences and knowledge in the area involving formal studies in Simulation and Human Factors during her Master of Health Professional Education. As a simulation instructor, Tracey has a portfolio of staff professional development which involves mentoring of new simulation instructors and guidance towards achieving personal goals. Her main interests in simulation-based education are in the areas of building ‘teamwork’ amongst peri-operative health professionals and understanding the impact of ‘human factors’ on patient safety. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Andrew Robinson is an anaesthetist with interests in obstetric anaesthesia, cardiology anaesthesia, resuscitation and teaching. He has been actively involved in the Southern Health Simulation Centre since his fellowship in 2001. Andrew is the Course Supervisor for the ACRM and EMAC courses and has instructed on many other courses, including ‘train the trainer courses’. Andrew is also expert in the technology of simulation and has used his skills in electronic circuit design and computer and microprocessor programming to invent a number of devices to fill gaps in the available simulation hardware. He is also a licensed pyrotechnician.

Fellowship Positions

Fellowship positions are available internally for anaesthetic and emergency medicine trainees. Half time or full time positions can be arranged and are a dual simulation/clinical role. Positions are advertised annually through the Monash Health recruitment website.

Sabbatical Positions

Part time and full time sabbatical positions can be offered. Requests for positions must be made in writing and should detail the requestor’s intended learning objectives.  Please forward applications to the Manager, Monash Simulation or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.