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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 

    Dr Keith Amarakone

    Senior Medical Simulation Consultant


    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

    Amy Dearsley

    Simulation Educator 
    MNE, GCHPE, GCCH, GDip Mid, GDip Critical Care Nursing, BA Nursing

    Amy has started working at the Royal Children’s Hospital as a Simulation educator. Amy has worked in a variety of clinical adult roles as a Nurse in Intensive Care and Coronary Care experience. Amy has worked as an educator for the past 10 years in both Private Sector working for Laerdal and as  Lecturer of Nursing at Holmesglen Institute. 

    Telephone 9345 6730

    Ella Scott

    Simulation Educator 

    Ella has returned to Australia to work in an education role within the RCH team having managed the Simulation team in Qatar. The role included assisting in development and implementation of simulation-based programs and utilising simulation to open a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Prior to this Ella worked for 5 years as the Co-Lead in Simulation from commissioning of the Centres and inception of the program across the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. Ella has a 25-year nursing and clinical education background in paediatric and neonatal critical care and has worked in the UK, and throughout the developing countries with the emergency response teams in the International Red Cross. She was a founding board member of the IPSS and is part of the International faculty for pediStars India.

    Telephone 9345 6730

    Philip Lo

    Simulation Educator 

    B.App.Sci (Physiotherapy), B. Bus.(Mgt), Grad.Dip App Sci (HIM), M.Anim.St (Animal Physiotherapy)

    Phil works at the Royal Children’s Hospital as the Simulation Allied Health Clinical Educator as well as a Physiotherapist on Wallaby Ward.  He also works as a human and veterinary Physiotherapist in his private practices.  “ They say never work with animals and children “ …. Someone has to…. Phil has been a Physiotherapy Manager in Acute and Paediatrics Northern Health and implemented the HWA Simulation program for Latrobe Uni Physiotherapy students across Northern Health campus sites.  He is a lecturer and examiner in an elective subject at Melbourne Polytechnic/Latrobe University for the 3rd year Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing degree.
    Telephone: 93454809

    Mirna Boujaoude

    Simulation Project Officer
    Telephone 9345 4809

    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. 

    Telephone 9345 7883 

    Ifrah Shakeel

    Simulation Technologist

    Ifrah is a Simulation Technologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital her role is to assist and facilitate the operations of simulation and facilitate all things in simulation including running manikins /setup /bookings / inventory 

    Ifrah has studied Biomedical Engineering and worked for Medical Equipment Manufactures like Thermofisher Scientific and Philips Healthcare.

    Telephone 9345 7884

    Jenny Hough

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

    ASCOM Numbers

    Simulation Educator - 57882

    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

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