Professor Leonie Watterson, FANZCA (NSW)

Professor Leonie Watterson, FANZCA (NSW)

ANZCA Councillor 

MBBS 1989, FANZCA 1997, Master of Clinical Education 2007, GradDipOrgCoachLeadership (2018), GAICD (2020)

Nominated by: Dr Vanessa Beavis (NZ) and Dr Michael Jones (NSW) 2022


Professor Leonie Watterson is a clinical associate professor with the University of Sydney and director of the Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre.

She is a senior staff specialist at Royal North Shore Hospital, Co-director of Anaesthesia at the Royal Hospital for Women and a visiting medical officer at Prince of Wales in Sydney where her clinical practice focuses on obstetric and ear, nose and throat anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and acute pain medicine.
Leonie has long-standing interests in simulation, health professional education and research and health services management. As an early developer of simulation, she co-developed the EMAC course and maintains ongoing research interests in simulation, human factors, airway management and health professional communication. She has a masters degree in clinical education,  and a post-graduate diploma in organisational leadership and coaching. She is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Director’s course. 
Leonie’s contribution to the ANZCA community began in 1999 when she joined the NSWACE committee. She was elected to the ANZCA Council in 2019 and is chair of the Education Executive Management Committee. Prior to this, she was chair of the Professional Affairs Executive Committee and the inaugural chair and Gender Equity Sub-Committee.

Current and previous service on ANZCA committees and other roles

  • Educational Executive Management Committee, Chair - 2020 to date.
  • Technology assisted examinations working group, Chair - 2020-2021.
  • Medical Viva Redesign Working Group, Chairr - 2020-2021.
  • ANZCA Trainee Committee, Ex-officio as ANZCA councillor -  2020 to date.
  • Gender Equity Subcommittee - 2017 to date. Chair - 2017-2020.
  • NSW Regional Committee, Ex-officio as ANZCA councillor -  2019 to date.
  • Professional Affairs Executive Committee, member  - 2016-2018. Chair - 2018-2020.
  • ANZCA Fellowship Affairs Committee - 2010-2016.
  • ANZCA Continuing Professional Development Committee -  2018-2020.
  • NSW Anaesthesia Continuing Education Committee (NSWACE) - 2000-2010. Chair - 2009-2010.
  • ANZCA Simulation Special Interest Group, Chair - 2007-2010.
  • ANZCA Anaesthesia Education Special Interest Group, Executive Committee - 2002-2008.
  • PS61 Guidelines for the Management of Evolving Airway Obstruction: Transition to the Can't Intubate Can't Oxygenate Airway Emergency, Document development group - 2015.
  • CPD Mandatory Emergency Response workshops: CICO and ALS. Working groups - 2013.

Past and/or current appointments in other relevant professional organisations

  • NSW Medical Council Performance Assessment Program. Assessor - 2002 to date.
  • Northern Sydney Local Health District, Leadership Advisory Committee - 2020 to date.
  • Northern Sydney Local Health District, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee - 2020 to date.
  • Royal Hospital for Women, Clinical Council, Co-chair - 2020 to date.
  • Royal Hospital for Women, Resuscitation Advisory Committee, Chair - 2022
  • Northern Sydney Local Health District, Resuscitation Advisory Committee - 2017-2019.
  • Royal North Shore Hospital, Junior Medical Officer Wellbeing Committee - 2016-2019.
  • Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging, Health Workforce Australia NHETSim Management Committee - 2013-2014.
  • Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging, Health Workforce Australia Simulated Learning Environments Project Advisory Group - 2010-2014.
  • Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging Enhanced Medical Education Advisory Committee (EMEAC) - 2007-2009.
  • Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Healthcare “National Patient Safety Curriculum Project” Clinical Reference Group - 2004-2005.
  • Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare (ASSH) - 2007-2011, Inaugural Chair - 2007-2009.
  • Company Director, Simulation Australia (nee Simulation Industry Association of Australia) - 2007-2009.

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Last updated 09:57 10.03.2023