Gail initially joined UTS in 2012 and became the Director of Postgraduate Nursing Studies and lecturer in the Faculty of Health in 2018. She has a Masters of Research in Educational Research, with an interest in human factors in healthcare and the impact on patient safety. Gail is an experienced educator within both undergraduate and postgraduate medical and nursing curricula, with a comprehensive understanding of designing and delivering quality assured learning within dynamic clinical and tertiary education environments. Qualified and experienced in simulation education in both nursing and medical specialties. Specific interest in patient safety and human factors within health care.
Gail graduated as a Registered Nurse in Scotland, UK and has worked in a variety of critical care settings including Emergency, Cardiothoracic ICU, General ICU and CCU. She continues to work clinically as a casual RN and is a Director of Advanced Life Support Courses for the Australian Resuscitation Council.
Gail worked as an educator and a research associate in the National Simulation Centre in Scotland where she completed her Masters of Research in Educational Research. After moving to Australia in 2009 Gail became the Manager of the Australian Institute of Medical Simulation and Innovation. Over her 3 years there Gail oversaw the development of a $5 million federal government funded re-development of the simulation centre in WSLHD. Gail established the centre as an accredited centre for many National and International accredited courses.
Gail's Master of Research thesis was titled 'Calling for help: perspectives from junior and senior doctors' and was presented at the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) Annual Scientific Meeting. The research explored medical staffs’ perceptions of factors which influence junior doctor’s decision making regarding calling for/or not calling for help when managing acutely ill patients.
Research specific interests are in decison making, patient safety and human factors within health care and the use of Simulation in Education.
Gail has been involved in clinical and tertiary education and training for over 19 years in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical and nursing curricula. This has included roles in education and research in universities, hospitals and simulation centres in Australia and the UK.
Gail lectures in Masters, Postgraduate Certificates and Bachelor of Nursing curriculums. She has previously held a position as Training Manager with the Australian Resuscitation Council and remains an ALS2 Course Director. Gail is a Senior Education Consultant for Critical Care Education services providing specialist teaching and training on a variety of critical care courses.