Jo Hegarty

Member, Board of Directors
Jo Hegarty, MD

About Jo Hegarty

Dr. Jo Hegarty is a Neonatologist at Starship Child Health, Auckland, New Zealand and member of the Starship Simulation Programme. Dr Hegarty completed her undergraduate and postgraduate medical education in the UK and Australia before moving to New Zealand to her current position. She has a PhD in neonatal hypoglycaemia from the University of Auckland.

Dr. Hegarty is past Chairperson of the IPSS Education Committee and a member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Advanced Training Committee in Neonatal–Perinatal Medicine. Recent initiatives include development of a hospital wide debriefing clinical events project and an interdisciplinary ‘difficult conversations workshop’. Her key simulation interests include education, communication and patient safety.


I am a UK-trained Neonatologist working in Starship NICU in Auckland, New Zealand. I am a member of the Douglas Starship Simulation faculty and lead the simulation programmer in NICU. My key simulation interests include education, communication and patient safety. I have been an active member of IPSS since 2011, member of the Education Committee since 2012, am a past Co-Chair of the Education Committee (2017-2018) and a current member of the Board of Directors. In collaboration with others, I established the IPSS-INSPIRE Fellowship in 2018 and am on the working group leading this initiative. My vision for IPSS is to continue to support collaborative knowledge sharing and research development in the pediatric and perinatal simulation community. My wish for IPSS is to see an increasing number of non-physician members and to support and develop the ability of those still at the early stage of simulation.





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