Prof Robert O’BrienScientific Convenor
Professor O’Brien is a Clinical Education Fellow in the Melbourne Medical School. In this role he is the academic lead for Simulation-Based Education and teaches and supervises students into the postgraduate clinical education program. Previous appointments include the Professor and Director of the Health Simulation Centre (HSC) at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth and as the Director of Medical Education and Training at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne.
He holds both Doctoral and Master’s degrees in Education focusing on adult learning in the context of ongoing professional learning for educators. He has worked extensively in medical education and simulation development and has lead projects that developed simulation instructor programs that have utilised simulation to teach clinical and non-clinical skills.
Robert works with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) on developing professional skills in surgical aspirants, trainees and fellows through a range of programs including TIPS and NOTSS.
His major research and development interests are in improving outcomes in health through the use of non-technical skills training and developing professional skills for clinicians.
In addition to being the Scientific Convenor for the Australasian Simulation Congress, Robert is also Chair of the Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare (ASSH).