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2021 Virtual SUN Speakers

30 September 2021
Opening Plenary - Simulation training during the Pandemic

Belinda Faulkner

Nursing Director

Clinical Skills Development Service, Metro North Hospital and Health Service

Belinda Faulkner is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years nursing experience. Being university trained, spending a large amount of time in hospital as a child and has always enjoyed supporting people, she believes she makes a difference in peoples lives by being a nurse.

Belinda’s clinical experiences are varied, Bone Marrow transplant, Paediatrics, Cardiology, ICU and Ambulatory care settings. Her leadership journey commenced in the cardiology, after a move to Brisbane in 2002. She has held management and leadership positions since 2004 within Metro-North.

Belinda’s passion for experiential learning and supporting staff education needs-led Belinda to become a Clinical Associate Professor at the Australian Catholic University. She now holds the Nursing Director role which leads the Clinical Skills Development Statewide Service at Metro North Hospital and Health Service. And this role fits right into Belinda’s appetite for simulation, education, and training.

Belinda’s leadership experience includes completing the Executive Leadership Program at Metro-North and she is currently studying a Graduate Certificate in Clinical redesign.

Throughout the Pandemic, like many other staffs, Belinda was tasked with taking on other portfolios for supporting the HHS through the Pandemic. Along with her Nursing Director role, she has rolled out the Metro-North Fit Testing Program across Metro North Hospital and Health Service Facilities. To date, the program has completed over 15,000 quantitative fit tests for staff and services.

Keeping business as ‘normal’ has been the challenge over the 18 months but she is very happy to report that in the last financial year, CSDS has launched 2 new education programs and delivered education and training to over 1800 participants and taken on over 38000 online enrolments.


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Associate Professor Leeanne Heaton

Deputy Dean, Dean's Unit - School of Nursing and Midwifery

Associate Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Western Sydney University

Leeanne is currently Deputy Dean in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.  She has had a number of roles in academia over the last decade following on from experience working in the clinical environment as a paramedic, nurse, midwife and flight nurse. Leeanne has working knowledge and understanding about using simulation as a pedagogy in nursing education and has completed her PhD on this topic: Sim-MAPP: A framework for simulation design in pre-registration nursing curricula. 

Leeanne has been an academic member of the Registered Nurse Accreditation Committee for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) since 2016 and is currently the Deputy Chair of the Committee. She has also been a non-executive Board member on the Mackay Hospital and Health Service Board since 2016, including sitting as Deputy Chair of the Safety and Quality and member of the Audit and Risk sub-committees.  

Leeanne is co-author of collaborative and published work using simulation to support patient safety for students in healthcare and presented aspects of this and her own research at national and international conferences.  She has authored several chapters in Australian nursing textbooks about rural, regional and remote health, legal aspects of healthcare and simulation in nursing education.

In addition to her PhD, Leeanne holds a Bachelor of Nursing (UOW), Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) (CSU) and Master of Science (Midwifery)(UOW).


  • PhD University of the Sunshine Coast
  • BN University of Wollongong

Professional Memberships

  • International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INASCL) (2019)
  • Australian College of Nursing (2003)


Dr Olivia Gallagher, PhD, RN

Associate Dean (Clinical), School of Nursing & Midwifery

Edith Cowan University

Olivia has been registered as a nursing professional for 20 years. Primary areas of clinical practice include critical care, operating theatre and aged care. She has held various nurse academic positions over the last 15 years, with her current appointment as an Associate Dean (Clinical) at ECU serving on the School Executive and responsible for the strategic planning, management and quality of clinical placements and simulation learning across all entry-to-practice curriculums within the school. Her specific areas of research interest include older adult care (in particular frailty and quality of care), simulation, workforce and cancer care.

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14 October 2021
The Future Direction of Laerdal Technology
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Michael Stanton 

Senior Projects and IT Manager

Laerdal Australia & New Zealand

Michael joined Laerdal in May 2012 starting as the Flight Control and Help Desk Manager.  In 2016, he progressed to Field Service Engineer servicing Laerdal equipment for customers in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, and Queensland.  As an FSE his role also included installations and support for SimView, Laerdal’s debriefing system at the time, and now SimCapture.

Michael has now progressed further and is responsible for the overall implementation of Laerdal’s various programs including SimCapture and RQI while still maintaining my FSE duties.

He started his career in Information Technology at the State Bank of Victoria in their EDP Department.  At this time the IT industry was primarily using large mainframe computers that lived in purpose-built computer rooms.  As smaller personal computers started to make their way into the office, he moved with the times and became involved in supporting them and the networks they were connected to.  Michael became a specialist in Novel Netware – a network operating system and worked with some large multi-national corporations setting up and maintaining their networks Australia-wide.  This work also included application and desktop support helping end-users that were both remote and locally located to him.

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28 October 2021
Are You Gaining All That You Can Out of Debriefing?

Dr Alan Ngo

Paediatric Emergency Physician & Simulation Educator

Sunshine Hospital and The Royal Children's Hospital

Alan Ngo is a Paediatric Emergency Physician and Simulation Educator.  He works at Sunshine Hospital and The Royal Children's Hospital and is interested in creative ways of introducing simulation into the workplace.



Amy Montgomery

Lecturer & PhD Candidate

School of Nursing | Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health  

University of Wollongong | South Western Sydney Campus

Amy is a Lecturer and PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong. Amy is also a Nurse Practitioner. The basis of her PhD is a series of studies is investigating the effect of an innovative education initiative, using Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), for recognition and management of delirium. Studies have been conducted across acute hospital for registered and enrolled nurses. Amy has also investigated the effect of a delirium group-OSCE for third year medical students.  Amy has a strong interest in OSCEs and simulation.

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11 November 2021
Simulation Training for Emergency and Geriatric Patient Care

Alvin Tong

Educational Services Specialist

Laerdal Australia & New Zealand

A Registered Nurse graduated from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University with concrete experience in nursing care. Alvin is intrigued by healthcare technology and strongly believe that paying attention to detail is the key to success.

He has been with Laerdal since 2017, starting in Hong Kong as Programs and Services Specialist, then Regional Manager for Hong Kong and Taiwan. In 2019, Alvin moved to Australia and joined our team in Australia as an Education Services Specialist. He has a strong knowledge in planning and implementing Laerdal programs, such as Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI), Nursing Programs, Curriculum Integration, and Customised Support Services for Australia and NZ.

During the last 2 years, he has been helping many Simulation Users to succeed in implementing Laerdal simulators and programs into their curriculum and to achieve their training objectives.

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25 November 2021
The Roles of Simulation Technicians

Angie Sterland

Senior Technical Officer
Healthcare Simulation Hub
Flinders University

Angie is a registered nurse and midwife working as the Senior Technical Officer (midwifery focus) in the simulation Healthcare Hub at Flinders University, South Australia.

Angie's first nursing job was at the Adelaide Children’s Hospital, specialising in infection control, respiratory and infectious disease management and later as the Clinical specialist for paediatric gastroenterology. Her nursing career has afforded her many diverse jobs and opportunities over the years with work interstate and in the community and disability sectors. Prior to commencing work at Flinders University Angie was the Unit Manager for a large Women’s' Health Unit in a Northern Victorian hospital.

In 2016 Angie returned to SA for family commitments and commenced her current role. Motivated by her new position and working closely with the academic team she has commenced a Masters degree of Clinical Education with a focus in simulation.

Angie has a keen interest in simulation and its impact on learning and teaching and believes that the greatest reward from this role is to observe a student deeply engaged in their learning in an authentic simulated activity. The occasional agency shift on weekends keeps her grounded and reminds her constantly of the importance and value of life long learning.

Angie lives in the picturesque Adelaide Hills and enjoys regular Sunday afternoon visits to the local wineries. In good weather she does this on her Harley Davidson and that is how she achieves a happy work life balance!


  • Graduate Certificate Clinical Education
  • Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Diploma of Applied Science – Nursing

Honours, awards and grants

  • 2020  Vice President's Teaching Excellence Award, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University
  • 2020  Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Flinders University



Clinton Henderson

A/Technical Services Supervisor

Clinical Skills Development Service (CSDS)

The Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital

Clinton Henderson is currently the Acting Technical Services Specialist at the Clinical Skills Development Service (CSDS) at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital in Brisbane.

Clinton graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) and an Associate Degree in Clinical Techniques (Anaesthetics).

He worked as an Anaesthetic Technician in a major Brisbane hospital for nearly 20 years, assisting with Adult, Maternity and Paediatric anaesthetics. He also worked in NICU, PICU and Adult ICU maintaining and preparing ventilators and respiratory equipment for patient use.

The skills that were learnt in all these areas led to the current role working at CSDS. Starting as a Simulation Coordinator, the benefits of working in operating theatres and ICU enabled an easy transition into the technical skills required to set up advanced simulated environments such as ICU.

It was then a natural progression into the world of technical services working on full-body manikins and task trainers to ensure that they are managed and maintained to allow for advanced medical and team training.

The technical side of the job had led to other opportunities working on collaborations and research with other departments and industry leaders, such as the Herston Biofabrication Institute. With knowledge of simulators and the medical environment, the chance to work on collaborations and research has been a highlight of his work.



Denish Kumar

Simulation Technician

Douglas Starship Simulation Programme, Child Health

Denish the Simulation Technician at the Douglas Starship Simulation Programme. Denish trains clinician faculty and others in manikin use at Starship Hospital and also supports the adult simulation program at Auckland Hospital. His generosity and simghost extends to the wider simulation community where Denish is an executive member of NZASH (New Zealand Association for Simulation in Healthcare) and manages the NZASH website.


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Michael Sheedy 

Bioengineering Team Leader

Medical Physics & Bioengineering, Canterbury District Health Board

New Zealand


Michael Sheedy has been involved in clinical simulations for the last 10 years, starting at the University of Otago Christchurch Simulation Centre as their simulation technician. In his current role in the Medical Physics & Bioengineering department, he continues to support simulation both at the University of Otago and within the Canterbury District Health Board through in-situ simulation and simulation learning at Manawa Simulation Centre.

His background is in electronics engineering which has come in handy for audio visual solutions as well as innovating simulation tools to enhance learning outcomes. This has led to an interest in Human Factors in regards to medical device usability and how we can include simulations to evaluate how clinical staff use equipment to better understand user error.

Michael is also a member of the Canterbury District Health Board’s Simulation Governance Group which overseas simulation across the organisation. He really enjoys being part of a team that is dedicated to improving clinical outcomes and has learnt so much from his clinical colleagues and gained a better understanding of their roles in their day to day duties.        

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