Skills Clinic

Facilitating Debriefs


01.00pm-04.00pm (AEDT), 04 October 2022 - 05 October 2022



Debriefing offers a valuable opportunity to review activities undertaken.

We can all improve our debriefing skills. This online skills clinic will give participants resources to develop their capability for effective debriefing.


Participants will learn about:

  • The steps to prepare, build, and conduct a debrief
  • strategies to ensure a debrief actively engages participants
  • how to make debriefs challenging and safe learning environments
  • using effective techniques (and avoiding some common, ineffective ones)
  • acquiring skills to overcome potential barriers that inhibit learning
  • strategies to facilitate discussions of different perspectives to support lessons management characterised by mutual understanding
  • linking debriefs to organisational learning.


Who should attend?

This clinic is designed for those with responsibility for facilitating debriefs, those with an interest in facilitating debriefs, and those involved in organisational learning and development, especially:

  • instructors and simulation designers
  • operational personnel, including incident management teams and functional unit leaders
  • emergency centre coordinators and managers
  • those responsible for near-miss investigation reporting and after-accident reviews
  • those responsible for after-action reviews (operational and non-operational)
  • personnel involved in lessons management.


Our facilitators

Christine Owen and Cameron Scott bring their extensive evidence/practice-based expertise to deliver a highly interactive, engaging and valued skills clinic.


Christine Owen

Christine is an organisational behaviour and learning researcher with over 25 years’ experience in investigating decision-making, teamwork, coordination organisational culture and change in safety-critical environments. She has been engaged by industry in a number of practitioner reviews and evaluations of major emergency events. Christine conducts research into high consequence decision-making, leadership, teamwork, and collaboration in domains including aviation, medicine, emergency management, and public safety. She is passionate about transforming research evidence into practice to improve working lives.


Cameron Scott

Cameron has considerable experience in a number of emergency management roles in state and federal government, including the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources in Victoria and the Australian Emergency Management Institute within Emergency Management Australia. Cameron is the National Network Emergency Manager at the National Broadband Network (nbn), where he is responsible for controlling and coordinating the response to emergencies. He is also responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with emergency management agencies across the country as well as the development of emergency management capability including planning, training and exercising. Cameron represents nbn on the national Communications Sector Trusted Information Sharing Network (TISN).