Katie Walker, RN, is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of healthcare simulation who has over the past decade contributed to the field of simulation by building new and innovative programs to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care in her native country, Australia, as well as by working in the international arena to spread the use of simulationt techniques and strategies as a learning and workforce development platform for improving the delivery of care.
Ms. Walker recently left her position as Program Manager for Simulated Learning Environments, a key program of Health Workforce Australia, to take on the lead role as Director of the Institute for Medical Simulation and Advanced Learning at HHC in late December 2011. In her leadrership role at Health Workforce Australia Ms. Walker worked to establish the largest national simulation program in the world resulting in the addition and integration of 60 new simulation programs througout Australia, which will provide continous learning opportunities for more than 200,000 healthcare workers and professional staff. She was previously the the Simulation Development Manager at the Queensland Health Skills Development Center where, over a period of six years, she developed its multidisciplinary, multisite program.
Ms. Walker was endowed with a Churchill Fellowship in 2007, which she used to explore and assess the state of simulation in healthcare worldwide. Since then, Ms. Walker has played a central role in the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), the largest international healthcare simulation member organization. Ms. Walker was appointed its Annual Meeting Co-Chair in 2010 when it hosted its largest event, attended by over 1500 international delegates. She has also been invited and serves on the SSH Simulation Educator Certification Committee and is the Vice-Chair of the Affiliations Committee, which strives to expand the field of healthcare simulation through global reach and collaboration. In May 2011, Ms. Walker co-led the development and establishment of the first Asia-Pacific Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, which was held in Hong Kong (AMPSH 2011). This meeting was the first of its kind in the region and was attended by over 500 participants. She was recently appointed to the position of Treasurer of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
Ms. Walker is an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Nursing at the University of Queensland and her interest lies in the econometric value of healthcare simulation, to decrease error and improve the efficacy and efficiency of health professional education.
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