October 2012, Issue 5
- New developments - introducing 'MURTEC'
- Useful resources
- Report from the Health Simulation Conference
- Upcoming simulation networking evening
- The NHET-Sim Program
Building, rebuilding and new developments
CSSU Staff were delighted to attend the Commissioning and Blessing Ceremony to open the new St John of God Murdoch Training and Education Centre (MURTEC). MURTEC provides simulation training to undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate nursing and medical students, and was established with a grant of $2.6m provided by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing: Innovative Clinical Teaching and Training Grants Program. Some additional funds to purchase key simulation equipment were provided by Health Workforce Australia. The MURTEC centre boasts advanced patient manikins, along with a state-of-the-art streaming audiovisual system, allowing training scenarios and feedback to be delivered both internally and externally.
St John of God Murdoch has established strong working partnerships with the University of Notre Dame and Challenger Institute of Technology, as well as core staff who are working towards establishing the Fiona Stanley Hospital. We look forward to their valuable contribution to Simulation Training in Western Australia.
SJOG Murdoch CEO, Mr Peter Mott speaking at the MURTEC opening
Staff Demonstrating the Facilities at the SJOG MURTEC centre
A reminder that there are 17 resources available for interprofessional learning, developed by Professor Cobie Rudd under her National Teaching Fellowship. These consist of filmed scenarios with an accompanying facilitator manual, and can be accessed via ECU's Interprofessional Ambulatory Care Program (external link).
Report from the SimHealth Conference 2012 'Making Teams Work'
The overall theme of the conference - making teams work - highlighted the need for cooperation, networking and clear goals for the Simulation workforce moving forward. Of note were the programs that were being established to facilitate networking. Both Victoria (the Victorian Simulation Alliance) and the emerging network/alliance in South Australia demonstrated similarities to the work that is being carried out in Western Australia. Many of the delegates expressed the opinion that there needs to be strong evidence in the form of well-conceived research studies to support Simulation as a method of delivering training and education.
One study, a randomised control trial from a multisite collaboration of physiotherapists, provided strong evidence that 25% of current clinical education could be replaced by simulation learning modalities. Associate Professor Tanja Manser from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) gave an excellent presentation in regards to what needs to be discovered. A/Prof Manser highlighted the two 'personality types' working in Simulation Learning: 'Snails' and 'Evangelists'. Snails prefer solid evidence before incorporating a new modality into practice. Evangelists embrace new modalities and are keen to try new techniques in their training. A/Prof Manser advocated the need for both types, and for cooperation and collaboration between them.
The Old and the New: Prof Harry Owen (Flinders University) and an Obstetrics Trainer from the 19th Century (courtesy Powerhouse Museum); Delegates get 'Hands on' with the latest Obstetrics Manikin at the Health Simulation Conference, Sydney 10-14 September
Professor Cobie Rudd (Pro Vice Chancellor, Health Advancement, Edith Cowan University) at the SimHealth Conference presenting the results of her National Teaching Fellowship Award
Upcoming simulation networking evening
The CSSU will be hosting an evening event for all those working in Simulation on Friday November 30 between 5pm and 7pm at the Niche, QEII Medical Centre. We hope that this will give people working in Simulation Learning in WA a chance to meet and discuss your work. Get more information...
The NHET-Sim Program
Health Workforce Australia has announced the follow up to the AusSETT program. The National Health Education and Training - in Simulation (NHET-Sim) program will provide a further 3,200 training opportunities for clinicians interested in furthering their skills in simulation training. Ten percent (10%) of the 350 places for Western Australia are reserved for rural and remote clinicians.
Individuals who wish to take part in the NHET-Sim training program can register their interest online. The NHET-Sim website has been launched, and registrations for the program commenced in September 2012. For more information on the NHET-Sim program, please visit the please visit Health Workforce Australia (external link) or the NHET-SIM website (external link).