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Professor Debra Kiegaldie, PhD, MEd, BEdSt, is a registered nurse with a background in intensive care nursing. She is the current Clinical Chair for the Faculty of Health Sciences at Holmesglen Institute and Healthscope Australia and holds an adjunct appointment with Monash University’s Eastern Health Clinical School. 

Debra’s career in higher education has spanned over 30 years where she has provided major contributions to the field of education and simulation. She has been involved in course coordination, curriculum development, teacher training and educational research at Monash University. She also held the position of Director of Medical Education (Prevocational) and Simulation at one of the largest health service providers in Melbourne from 2011-2016. 

Debra has well-established collaborations across many health professional disciplines. She has led research projects on virtual reality, e-learning, falls, delirium, communication skills, feedback & supervision end-of-life-care, medical error and open disclosure, and on developing an integrative communication skills curriculum in pre-registration courses. 

Professor Kiegaldie serves on the Education Committee and the Accreditation team for the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria and she is the current President of the Victorian Simulation Alliance Board of Management.

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

Education/Academic qualification

Health professions education, PhD, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 15 Oct 2015

Nursing education, Masters of Education, 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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