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PROF Debra Nestel


  • Health professions education (simulation; faculty development; surgical education)



  • 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 Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM). She is program lead for the Master of Surgical Education (Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) and Master of Surgical Science (University of Melbourne) and Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation (Monash University). Debra leads a national program for simulation educators – NHET-Sim ( and a virtual network in simulated patient methodology ( Debra has published over 180 peer-reviewed papers in health professions education, edited books on simulated patient methodology (2015), healthcare simulation (2017), surgical education (to be published in 2018) and is working with colleagues on an edited book on research methods for healthcare simulation (2019)   


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, The University of Hong Kong 1997

Awards and honors

  • Hamilton Russell Memorial Lecture, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 2017
  • Ray Page Lifetime Simulation Achievement Award, Simulation Australasia, 2014


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • The areas of graduate supervision that I am willing to consider include simulation-based education, surgical education and different facets of faculty development in the heath professions. I am primarily a qualitative researcher but can supervise a broader range of research than this paradigm.