2017 Committee

Jessica Stokes-Parish

SimHealth Convenor

Jessica Stokes-Parish is a nurse with 8 years of working experience in Medical Oncology/Palliative care and Intensive Care. After completing specialty training in Intensive Care and a Master’s degree in Nursing in 2011, she started working in simulation in early 2013. Joining the Chameleon Simulation Centre at the John Hunter Hospital / University of Newcastle, Jessica took on the role of Simulation Coordinator. Her responsibilities included designing and implementing learning activities for students in medicine, nursing and allied health disciplines on a wide range of skills, using various modalities of simulation. She was also responsible for the Simulated/Standardized Patients Program and quality assurance for Simulation Based Education, including introducing clinicians to the concepts of simulation and providing them with necessary skills and knowledge to teach advanced skills to postgraduate trainees. She was invited in 2015 to visit the University for Health Sciences in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to lead a series of teach-the-teacher workshops for local staff on the use of Simulation Based Education in health training, aimed at capacity building and partly funded by the French Embassy and the University of Newcastle. She currently works as a Nurse Academic at the University of Newcastle’s Department of Rural Health and as a Simulation Consultant nationally.

These experiences led Jessica to commence her PhD in 2015.  Jessica is author and co-author on a number of workshop, abstracts and papers for Simulation Based Education, including topics on moulage, Simulated Patient Programs, scenario design and use of simulation in health care education. She was awarded the Research Award for Best Works in Progress for her paper titled “Does Authenticity in Moulage Matter? Exploring Participant Engagement in Simulation” at the SimHealth Conference (Adelaide, South Australia) in 2015. More recently Jessica has been awarded the 2017 SSH Novice Researcher Award for her project “How does variation of moulage authenticity impact on engagement of participants in a simulation?”. Jessica is highly engaged in the international simulation community, representing the Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare as an executive committee member and serving on the organising committee for the Australasian Simulation Congress from 2015.

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