Professor Patrea Andersen

Patrea Andersen

Research Leader

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07 834 8800 ext 3277


I have extensive professional practice experience in New Zealand and Australia, and over 30 years’ experience as an educator and researcher. I was appointed to the role of Academic Leader for the Centre for Health and Social Practice (CHASP) in August 2020. My previous experience as Academic Director for Simulation and Visualisation at The University of the Sunshine Coast and Director of Simulation at the University of Wollongong have fuelled her research interest in simulation pedagogy and curricula integration. This includes clinical education, simulation (including visualisation and game-based simulation, AR and VR applications), patient safety, professional competence and issues impacting on the preparation and development of health professionals. I am an internationally recognised expert in health care simulation. My teaching and scholarship were recognised with an Australian OLT citation for Leadership in Simulation in 2015, and appointment to the Higher Education Academy (HEA) as a Senior Fellow. I hold adjunct professorial positions with the University of the Sunshine Coast and CQUniversity in Australia. I also hold several governance roles. These include: Chair of Australian and New Zealand Simulation Education Collective (InSPIRE), Australasian Chair for SimGHOSTS, International Affairs Committee for International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), USA.


  • Opal Award CQUniversity. Engaging research and innovation (2018).
  • Pearson & ACODE Award (2017) for Innovation in Technology Enhanced Learning. Honourable mention.
  • Finalist Industry Category. Serious Games Showcase & Challenge (Australasia). Simulation Congress (2017) for Supporting Behaviours Serious Game. 
  • Finalist Industry Category. Serious Game Serious Games Showcase & Challenge (Australasia). Simulation Congress (2016) for Safe Environments Serious Game.
  • Prize best short oral presentation - 6th International Clinical Skills Conference. Prato, Italy (2015) for Acting 4 Health: Recruiting and training actors for simulated patient roles in health care simulation. 
  • Australian Office of Learning and Teaching citation (20015) for leadership in simulation.
  • Research Excellent Award (2006) Waiariki Institute of Technology. 


  • PhD
  • MA (Ng)
  • BHSc (Ng)
  • ADN
  • RN

Areas of expertise

Industry experience, affiliations, and achievements

Research activity

I am an active qualitative researcher who has successfully obtained grant funding to support research and other scholarly activities. Examples of larger collaborative projects include: 

  • Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI) $1,035,468.00 Health Workforce Australia Expanded Scopes of Practice grant, and a $442,802.00 tender to undertake literature reviews for the Australian Government Independent Review of Nursing Education – Educating the Nurse of the Future; Category 1 Office of Learning and Teaching Australia $300,000.00 project titled ‘Preparing undergraduate nurses for the workforce in the context of patient safety through innovative simulation’, and a Commonwealth funded grant $96,000.00 with the Mind and Neuroscience Thompson Institute.
  • I have has amassed in excess of an additional $1.5 million in funding to support smaller projects, all of which have been focused on preparing a safe health workforce or initiatives to enhance patient safety.
  • As an HDR supervisor, I supervise HDR PhD, Masters and Honours student research.

Select publications

I publish widely in academic journals. For recent publications please refer to ORCHID.

I hold an Editorial Board membership for Clinical Simulation in Nursing, and review for several nursing journals. I actively engage in the dissemination of research findings and am regularly asked to give keynote presentations at conferences internationally.

What do you enjoy about teaching/your job?

I enjoy engaging with others and mentoring.

What do you love about your area?

The opportunities for interdisciplinary education and research. 

Tell us about your experience in the industry

I have worked clinically as a nurse in New Zealand and England holding senior positions in the following clinical fields: acute trauma, orthopaedics, and open-heart surgery. I hold a current APC with NCNZ.

What keeps you busy outside of Media Arts?

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