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Simone is the Director of Education for the School of Clinical Sciences and leads quality and innovation in education for health professions. She was previously an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food and still coducts research there .  

Simone achieved her PhD in 2015 titled "Integrating Academic and Clinical Training - Exploring Opportunities and Innovations". She is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators and on the editorial board of their journal. Simone has over 20 years experience as a clinical dietitian working in public and private hospitals and in private practice, including in all major clinical areas including intensive care, surgery and endocrinology. Simone has a special interest in health professional education and research and is committed to improving health professional practice. She has presented nationally and internationally in the areas of health professional education as well as nutrition and dietetics.

Simone was awarded a national Teaching Excellence award in 2018 by the Australian Awards for University Teaching; and in 2017 the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence and the Dean's Award for Excellence in Education (Quality of Teaching), demonstrating her commitment to student training. She hopes to help students excel in preparation for their professional employment whilst further pursuing her research interests.

Simone has acheived funding of over $83,000 in prizes and grants resulting in the establishment of a student teaching clinic, and various research projects including nutrition and wound healing, work-integrated learning and assessment, involving patients in student training and using online media to enhance nutritional health outcomes.

Research interests

Current research includes investigating the impact of an evidence-based nutrition Massive Open Online Course on learning for the general public.  This research also examines how this mode of delivery addresses widespread nutrition misinformation.

Other research projects include: investigating the use of patients and public in competency based assessment in dietetic students; the philosophies of academic and work-based educators in competency assessment; teaching and learning professionalism in dietetics; what are the skills and qualities of effective work-based educators in allied health and how are they measured; and how to engage young adults in nutrition education using social media.  Clinical research areas include nutrition and venous leg ulcer healing, as well as estimating energy requirements in the aged population.

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification


Award Date: 27 Oct 2015

Grad Cert Health Prof Ed, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 1 Dec 2008

Research area keywords

  • Clinical Education
  • Education research
  • Malnutrition
  • Nutrition/Dietetics
  • Obesity
  • Mixed method research


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