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Women in Simulation Symposium

  • 4 Feb 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • The Business Centre, Newcastle, NSW 2300
  • 19


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After the ongoing interest of the informal women in simulation gathering at the Australasian Simulation Congress 2017, Simulation Australasia is pleased to announce the inaugural Women in Simulation Symposium on February 4th, 2019 to launch the new Women in Simulation specialist community of Simulation Australasia.

 This event is aimed at women working in the simulation and modelling across the Australasia region. The first of its kind, the symposium aims to provide women the opportunity to network, research and develop credibility and sustain the participation of women in the simulation and modelling community. All disciplines of simulation and modelling are welcome, and we encourage the participation of diverse communities.


CDRE Allison Norris (Director General, Australian Defence Simulation and Training Centre)

Commodore Norris is a leader in her field, and has held several leadership roles in the Navy, including her first Command at sea in 2008. In addition to this, she has held the positions of Director of the Joint Control Centre at Headquarters Joint Operations Command and Chief of Staff to the Chief of Defence Force, being promoted to Commodore in 2016. Commodore Norris was a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in 2010 and holds multiple degrees, including a Bachelor of Science, a Masters of Management (Defence Studies) and a Masters of Maritime Studies. We are thrilled to secure Commodore Norris as the Keynote at this event, where she will share her experiences being a leader in the industry, strategies she has used to develop her skills and build the community of women in simulation and modelling.  

In addition, we are pleased to be hosting the following speakers:

Dr. Elyssebeth Leigh

Jan Roche, Chair of Simulation Australasia

Denise Higgins, Oral Health Therapist and Simulation Lead, the University of Newcastle

Stephanie Barwick, A/Director of Simulation, Mater Education

Dr Erica Southgate, Associate Professor, University of Newcastle 

Dr Karen Blackmore, Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle 

The day will be interactive, with a variety of workshops, panels and other sessions to develop your abilities in simulation.


0900 - 0920

Opening Address –Jessica Stokes-Parish

Welcome by Chair Jan Roche

920 - 0940

Keynote – CDRE Allison Norris

0940 - 1030

Successes and Disappointments: Lived experiences of being a woman in the simulation industry – Panel


Generations and the future  - Interactive networking

1130 - 1230

Changing the rhetoric: Policy change and strengthening the opportunities for women



1330pm – 1500pm

Developing your Personal Brand - Hosted workshop by marketing and relationship experts Long & Co

1500 – 1515

Afternoon tea

1515 - 1630

The future? Advocating for Women in Simulation

Roundtable discussions and mind-mapping the future directions with the Women in Simulation Specialist Community



Dinner and drinks at Newcastle Location (Flying Tiger)


 We are the peak association for the simulation community in Australasia and are recognised as such by relevant decisionmakers in government, business and education.

Our mission is to connect Australasia’s modelling and simulation network; empowering crossindustry research and collaboration, developing the profession through review and dissemination of standards of practice for accreditation and certification; and provision of trusted sector information.

We aim to provide members a platform across Australasia, to further advance the research, development and use of simulation technologies.

Simulation Australasia aims to provide support to those working in simulation and modelling by focusing on the following four areas:






Women in Simulation is a newly formed specialist community aimed at championing women in the simulation industryIt will seek to improve representation of women in simulation across all industries and will achieve this by supporting and assisting women with their own development, as well as providing a forum to promote all causes for the betterment of current and future women in simulation.

We see the establishment of the special interest group as playing a key role in gender equality to enable opportunities for women to contribute and make a difference in simulation for their individual industries.


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