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  • The Royal Children's Hospital Simulation Team

    Dr Jenni Sokol

    Clinical Lead Simulation  
    MBBS, FRACP, FCICM, MHPE (research), GCCS, GCHPE, Dip Paed, GDip Epi

    Jenni specialises in Inter-Professional Simulation-Based Education. As Head of Simulation at the Royal Children’s Hospital, she and the RCH Simulation Team focus on building capacity for Simulation–Based Education across the Melbourne Children’s Campus in order to improve clinical outcomes by training teams on patient safety, by developing and facilitating education programs on the management of the deteriorating patient and communication within teams and with families and patients.

    Jenni’s 30 + years as a medical clinician has resulted in her training in General Paediatrics, Neonatology, and Paediatric Intensive Care across Australia, Canada and England.  She currently works clinically with the Paediatric, Infant, and Perinatal Emergency Retrieval (PIPER) Service at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Victoria, Australia. 

    Telephone 9345 6918 

    Jo McKittrick

    Simulation Educator 
    Clinical Nurse Specialist (Paediatric Intensive Care Unit) 

    DiplApplSc (Nursing), GradDipAdvClinNurs (PICU), MANP (Research)
    Jo works at the Royal Children’s Hospital as a Simulation Educator as well as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Jo’s responsibilities include the development, implementation and support of simulation training programs, simulation trainer training, as well as provision of clinical specialist nursing care to children and their families in the PICU. 

    Over the last 25 years Jo has worked in clinical and nursing educational roles at the RCH, as well as clinical roles at Monash Medical Centre (Clayton Campus), Princess Margaret Hospital (Perth, WA) and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children (London, UK).  Most recently (2018), Jo has acted as a Clinical Nurse Consultant (Extra Corporeal Membranous Oxygenation (ECMO) program co-ordinator.

    Jo has a Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing), a Graduate Diploma In Advanced Clinical Nursing (PICU), a Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Research).  

    Telephone 9345 6756

    Melissa Heywood

    Simulation Educator
    Telephone 9345 6730

    Meegan Price

    Simulation Educator

    Mirna Boujaoude

    Simulation Project Officer
    Telephone 9345 4809

    Ricky Gibbs

    Simulation Technologist
    Telephone 9345 7883

    Elle Cartmill

    Simulation Technician

    Elle is a Simulation Technician at the Royal Children’s Hospital and comes to us with over 5 years of simulation technology experience. Her role is to assist in the planning, staging and execution of simulation as well as maintaining and repairing our equipment. Elle’s interests in simulation also expand into the psychology behind debriefing and she participates at an introductory level with our University of Melbourne students. 

    Since 2012, Elle has studied Computer Electronic Engineering and worked for notable leaders in simulation such as Laerdal Medical, Cedars Sinai, and UCLA Medical. Elle obtained a CHSOS (Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist) certification in 2015. 

    Jenny Hough

    Resuscitation Coordinator (Inquiries for the 'First 3 Minutes' Program)
    Telephone 9345 4951

    ASCOM Numbers

    Simulation Technologist - 57883
    Simulation Educator - 57882
    Simulation Room - 57884

    Simulation Fellows

    Vikki Sanders, CNS Dolphin
    Deb O'Donovan, Nursing - Sugar Glider
    Jen Corda, Allied Health - Physiotherapy
    Naomi Katz, Medical - Palliative Care
    Chloe Baxter, Medical

    If you would like to contact the Simulation Team please email


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