Board of Directors – Board Member

Professor Margaret Bearman

PhD, Cert.Perf.Arts, BSci, BComp (Hons)

Occupation: Academic and Educator

Margaret Bearman

Professor Margaret Bearman is a senior academic in the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) at Deakin University. Margaret was formerly in the Centre for Research and Development within Health Professions Education and Educational Research (HealthPEER), in the Office of the Deputy Dean (Education), Monash University where she convened the Graduate Certificate of Clinical Simulation, a post-graduate qualification for health professional educators. Additionally, she taught in: narrative and case-based learning methodologies; critical appraisal; virtual patients; simulation scenario development; educational theory; and research methodologies.

Margaret began her career within health informatics with an interest in computer-mediated learning development and her doctorate investigated the use of virtual patient methodologies to teach communication skills to medical students. She has developed curricula for undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing health professional education programs. Margaret has worked collaboratively with a range of disciplines, including medicine, psychology, pharmacy, nutrition and dietetics, physiotherapy, paramedics and nursing.

Margaret is part of the team overseeing the National Health Education and Training in Simulation (NHET-Sim), which is delivering a national foundation program in simulation-based education. Her recent publications cover a broad range of topics, including simulation; systematic review and research synthesis; underperformance in clinical environments; and transition to clinical practice. Margaret has published in the leading health professional education journals of Academic Medicine, Medical Education and Advances in Health Sciences Education. She co-edited a book on simulated patients with Professor Debra Nestel.

Margaret is also a published fiction book author and award winning short film maker.