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Professor Debra Kiegaldie is a registered nurse with a background in intensive care nursing. She returns to Monash University in 2024 as the Interprofessional Education & Simulation Lead for the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences. She held previous roles as Clinical Chair for Holmesglen Institute and Healthscope Hospitals and Director of Medical Education and Simulation at Monash Health. She is also the current Chair of the Victorian Simulation Alliance Board of Management. 

Debra’s career has spanned over 30 years leading a range of education and research initiatives in areas such as curriculum development and delivery in health professions education and simulation, interprofessional learning, virtual reality, falls, delirium and end-of-life-care. Her collaborative work extends across all health professions and she has been the recipient of national and international awards. She has attracted significant grant funding and was recently co-investigator on an NH&MRC partnership grant on Falls in Australian Hospitals. She has recently led two major projects for the Victorian State Government on an Australian-Canadian international research partnership for a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) program and to build a skills lab in health care courses as part of a Care Economy initiative. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Health professions education, PhD, Learning about delirium in a simulated clinical environment: An interprofessional learning intervention for final year medical and nursing students, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 15 Oct 2015

Nursing education, Masters of Education, Evaluation of an Australian Intensive Care Unit Preceptorship Program, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Education, Bachelor of Educational Studies, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 1 Jun 1995

Intensive Care Nursing, Certificate, Monash Medical Centre

Award Date: 1 Dec 1990

Infectious Diseases Nursing, Certificate, Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital

Award Date: 1 Dec 1988

Nursing, General Nursing Division 1, Alfred Hospital

Award Date: 1 Dec 1986

Research area keywords

  • Education - tertiary
  • Nursing
  • Simulation Based Education
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Falls
  • Delirium
  • Communication Skills
  • Health Professions Educational Research
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Program Evaluation
  • Virtual Reality

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