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Debra Nestel is 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 SESAM.

She is program lead for the Masters of Surgical Education (Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons). Debra leads a national program for simulation educators – NHET-Sim ( and a virtual network in simulated patient methodology (

Debra has published over 140 peer-reviewed papers in health professions education, edited books on simulated patient methodology (2015), healthcare simulation (2017), surgical education (late 2017) and is working with colleagues on an edited book on research methods for healthcare simulation (late 2018).




External positions

Professor of Surgical Education, University of Melbourne

1 Apr 2016 → …


  • Clinical Communication
  • Debriefing
  • Distributed Simulation
  • Feedback
  • Healthcare Simulation
  • Medical Education
  • Patient Focused Simulation
  • Simulation

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Projects 2004 2018

Research Output 2002 2017

Identifying the Learning Priorities of Clinical Supervisors

Bearman, M. L., Tai, J. H-M., Kent, F. M., Edouard, V., Nestel, D. F. & Molloy, E. May 2017

Research output: Other - peer-reviewAbstract

Open Access

Surgical education and training in an outer metropolitan hospital: a qualitative study of surgical trainers and trainees

Nestel, D., Harlim, J., Bryant, M., Rampersad, R., Hunter-Smith, D. & Spychal, B. Aug 2017 In : Advances in Health Sciences Education. 22, 3, p. 639-651 13 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle