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NPEC Team Members

Governance Committee: 

Members to be appointed in the near future

Advisory Group:

This group includes representatives from 19 Australian institutions where nursing and midwifery programs are offered.

Core Project Team:

Professor Simon Cooper (Project Lead)

Professor Simon Cooper is a health professional who has worked in ICU and emergency care in the UK and Australia. He is an experienced senior manager, with a PhD in Leadership studies and 40 years’ work in the clinical and academic fields. He has led innovative educational and research programs across the world in the field of advanced practice development, patient safety, emergency care, leadership, teamwork, education and clinical simulation.

Dr Lynda Hughes

Lynda is an experienced health professional who has held education positions in health organisations and the tertiary sector.  She is currently the Course Convenor for a capstone course within a Bachelor of Nursing programme and the Clinical Placement Coordinator. As an early career researcher she aims to develop an education-focused research profile. Her PhD focussed upon failure to fail issues within clinical practice. 

Mr Ruben Hopmans

Ruben has led the development of a number of online platforms for medical professionals, educators and students. His background includes learning design, learning analytics and user experience design. Ruben’s projects include, First2Act™ (online simulation training tool); online assessment and e-portfolio tools for placement experiences for both nursing and physiotherapy at Monash University; An online training tool for TAC & Workcover Victoria, as well as various research projects around online health and telehealth.

Dr Christine Ossenberg

Christine is an experienced health professional who has worked in Medical, Surgical, and Critical Care environments. She currently works as a nurse educator and researcher at a large metropolitan health care facility. Her industry based education and research focuses on helping direct care clinicians to develop their capability to support workplace-based learning and assessment of nursing students and graduates. As an emerging researcher, Christine has a strong interest in feedback and assessment in workplace-based contexts.

Dr Colleen Ryan

Colleen is a Lecturer and Industry Liaison Educator in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences at CQUniversity. She has degrees in nursing and education and teaching awards for her work in simulation. Her teaching and early career research is focused on professional development for clinical teachers working in classroom and clinical settings. 

Ms Elise Luders

Elise is a health professional and educator who has worked in Medical/Surgical, Renal, ICU and Midwifery across Metropolitan and Regional centres for 30 years. She managed a Regional Hospital Education Department prior to moving into the tertiary sector with current teaching focuses including; Education, Leadership, Communication and Chronic Health. She is an emerging researcher with interests in education, leadership and midwifery.

Associate Professor Robyn Cant

Robyn is an experienced health services researcher with a track record in research projects related to teaching and learning in nursing. Her publications in nursing and midwifery relate to face-to-face and screen-based simulation; patient deterioration and patient safety, and the quality of clinical practice placements. She is currently an adjunct A/Prof with the School of Health, Federation University Australia.

Ms Darrelle Ahchay

Throughout her 30+ year nursing career, Darrelle has worked in a variety of nursing roles in Australia and the United Kingdom with a strong focus on educational leadership. In her current role as Clinical Placements Coordinator in a tertiary hospital in Brisbane, Darrelle has implemented initiatives to enhance clinical placement experiences based on the data obtained as part of her Master of Education dissertation that explored Graduate Nurses perceived satisfaction with their preparation for their Registered Nurse role.

Sam Moses

Samantha Moses is an experienced Registered Nurse specialising in primary health care.  She was the founder of the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses’ Association (APNA) and the President.
From 2000 – 2001 Sam worked on the founding of the APNA forming strong strategic connections and a committee of likeminded, dedicated primary health care nurses to address the needs of nurses working in general practice.  She has played a critical role in APNA’s development and growth over the past 21 years and remains committed to APNA, its valued members and Australia’s future primary health care nurses, across all settings.  
Sam has worked in five Australian States throughout her career, in a multitude of rural and metropolitan settings and across a variety of nursing sectors. Sam is passionate about primary health care nursing and has been the recipient of several primary health care nursing awards.

Mr Peter Stelfox

Peter is an experienced health professional with over 20 years of clinical experience in the UK and Australia. He worked across specialities before specialising in Infection Prevention and Control. More recently he worked as a clinical nurse consultant before embarking on a full time PhD at Edith Cowan University. Peter has two undergraduate nursing degrees and a master’s degree from Durham University. His PhD project title is ‘Developing the Future Nurse through Quality Clinical Experiences’.