Debra Nestel


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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, The University of Melbourne

1 Apr 2016 → …

Research area keywords

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

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Projects 2004 2019

Research Output 1997 2019

Open Access

'I'm never going to change unless someone tells me I need to': Fostering feedback dialogue between general practice supervisors and registrars

Denny, B., Brown, J., Kirby, C., Garth, B., Chesters, J. & Nestel, D., 13 Aug 2019, In : Australian Journal of Primary Health. 25, 4, p. 374-379 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Theory, a lost character? As presented in general practice education research papers

Brown, J., Bearman, M., Kirby, C., Molloy, E., Colville, D. & Nestel, D., May 2019, In : Medical Education. 53, 5, p. 443-457 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The power of simulation: a large-scale narrative analysis of learners’ experiences

Bearman, M., Greenhill, J. & Nestel, D., Apr 2019, In : Medical Education. 53, 4, p. 369-379 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Celebrating scholarship in healthcare simulation: Medical teacher turns 40

Nestel, D. & Konge, L., 3 Jul 2018, In : Medical Teacher. 40, 7, p. 649-651 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOtherpeer-review