Dr Sonja Cleary is Associate Dean Student Experience and Discipline Leader in Nursing at RMIT University. Sonja has been an academic since 2000 and was working in Central Queensland - Bundaberg at the time of the Patel case at Bundaberg Base Hospital. This inspired her to complete her PhD on Nurse whistleblowers in Australian hospitals: A critical case study. While Sonja’s career has focused on acute care, cardiac nursing and understanding ethics in clinical practice, she is passionate about clinical governance, clinical reasoning and practice-based simulation. She remains clinically current, working at Austin Health as a bank Registered Nurse.