Kirsty Freeman

Doctor of Philosophy Student, Ms

  • The University of Western Australia (M709U), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Over the last 15+ years Kirsty has been in simulation-based education and research within both the clinical and academic settings. The most recent of her positions is within The University of Western Australia, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, where she is part of the academic faculty in the Division of Health Professions Education. With a Masters in Health Professions Education (Research) and Kirsty is currently a PhD Candidate, researching the incidence of impostor phenomenon in healthcare simulation faculty, and the impact of professional identity.   Kirsty is also a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator with the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. 

Current projects

Transition in professional identity and the impact of imposter phenomenon study – (Current research project). As the demand for simulation-based learning increases, so too has the need to grow the healthcare simulation educator workforce.  With clinicians taking on these new roles they are often required to transition in how they identify professionally.  The experience of adopting a new professional identity is complex, often resulting in feelings of being a ‘fake’ or an ‘impostor’. This study will explore the impostor phenomenon and its influence on transitions in professional identity of healthcare simulation educators.  


Shining a Light on Debriefing: what actually happens in rural simulation based education – Between 2015 and 2017 Kirsty undertook a study that describes the experience of doctors who facilitate debriefing during simulation-based education in rural and remote environments.  Using a mixed methods sequential explanatory design, the study highlights that whilst the experience of facilitating the debriefing component of simulation-based education in the rural environment presents challenges, the positive impact of the relationship between debriefer and learner, suggesting the learning conversation does not and should not end at the conclusion of the debrief, but continue to thread through to other clinical skills and bedside teaching opportunities.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management, University of Notre Dame (Australia)

Award Date: 1 Dec 2017

Master of Health Professions Education, Debriefing practices of rural medical educators, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 1 Jul 2017

Graduate Diploma of Education, Murdoch University

Award Date: 1 Dec 2015

Graduate Diploma in Midwifery, Edith Cowan University

Award Date: 20 Dec 2002

Bachelor of Nursing, Edith Cowan University

Award Date: 5 Dec 1997

PhD(c), Transition in professional identity and the impact of impostor phenomenon, The University of Western Australia

20 Feb 2018 → …

External positions

Lead Associate, Duke-NUS Medical School

10 Feb 2020 → …

Planning Chair IMSH2020, Society for Simulation in Healthcare

201830 Jan 2020

Industry keywords

  • Education
  • Health

Research expertise keywords

  • Simulation
  • Mixed Methods
  • Reflexive Thematic Analysis
  • Health Professions Education


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