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 → …


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

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Projects 2004 2019

Research Output 1997 2018

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.

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Effect of an in-situ simulation workshop on home birth practice in Australia

Kumar, A., Wallace, E. M., Smith, C. & Nestel, D., 13 Sep 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Women and Birth. 10 p.

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Evaluation of learning from Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training and its impact on patient outcomes in Australia using Kirkpatrick's framework: A mixed methods study

Kumar, A., Sturrock, S., Wallace, E. M., Nestel, D., Lucey, D., Stoyles, S., Morgan, J., Neil, P., Schlipalius, M. & Dekoninck, P., 17 Feb 2018, In : BMJ Open. 8, 2, 9 p., e017451.

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Open Access

Interprofessional education and practice guide No. 9: Sustaining interprofessional simulation using change management principles

Kumar, A., Kent, F., Wallace, E. M., McLelland, G., Bentley, D., Koutsoukos, A. & Nestel, D., 2 Nov 2018, In : Journal of Interprofessional Care. 32, 6, p. 771-778 8 p.

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