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SimulationWeek is from Monday 1 May to Sunday 7 May 2017. SimulationWeek is an opportunity to promote the many forms of simulation in our organisations and communities to celebrate its accomplishments and future vision. SimulationWeek will be hosted online at – open to anyone that wishes to highlight their own innovative work through a news story, video or combined image and simulation message format. Pictures are essential and this platform will provide an opportunity to display images easily, providing an exciting snapshot of simulation for the week for the world to see. For information on how you can contribute online, go to For information on how you can contribute offline, go to and for a Media involvement template, go to Please email your submission for inclusion to
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Refurbished HNE Simulation Centre

Refurbished HNE Simulation Centre | SimulationWeek |

Submitted by Hunter New England Simulation Centre for SimulationWeek

The refurbished Hunter New England Simulation Centre is helping more health professionals and students in NSW develop their clinical skills.


The official opening of the HNE Simulation Centre, a teaching facility on the John Hunter Hospital campus in Newcastle, was officially opened on 6 March 2013.


HWA funding through the Simulated Learning Environments program paid for the facility’s refit, new simulation equipment and additional support staff.


The centre, founded in 2003, has been providing simulation-based training to more than 3,000 students and staff each year – but the former facilities were too small to meet the growing demand.


The revamped facility means more simulation training can be delivered to allied health professions, medical and nursing students, as well as doctors and nurses throughout the Hunter New England Local Health District.


The majority of courses at the centre focus on inter-professional education between doctors and nurses, but simulation training can now also be delivered to allied health professionals.


Training focuses on teamwork skills such as communication, leadership and decision making as well as managing acute clinical issues. A four-week medical student placement that helps prepare students for their role in the healthcare team is also being delivered at the refurbished centre.

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Professional Development for Simulation Specialists

Professional Development for Simulation Specialists | SimulationWeek |

Submitted by The Simulation Agency for SimulationWeek

Simulation Australia had its genesis in the Simulation Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) which was formed in 1996 to represent industry and researchers, and to promote the use of simulation in Australia. As the Association has grown it has evolved to become Simulation Australia (SimAust), and has increased its focus on advancing the skills and capabilities required for simulation specialists by providing opportunities for professional development.  As a follow on to the Introduction to Simulation Australasia Workshop (ISA), SimAust is this year developing and providing another such opportunity with a course dedicated to Simulation Acquisition. This is being developed by SimAust through an interdisciplinary team with experience from Mining – Ms Deanna Hutchinson; Project Management – Dr Elyssebeth Leigh; Aviation –  Mr Roger Mulligan; Education – Ms Melanie Worrall and Health – Ms Nicole Jones de Rooy. SimulationWeek is a special reminder of the community that this effort will support in the future.  Happy SimulationWeek from The Simulation Agency 

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Guerilla Sim taking off….

Guerilla Sim taking off…. | SimulationWeek |

Submitted by Kangaroo Island Doctor, Tim Leeuwenburg for SimulationWeek 

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Like many other FOAMites, I am frantically putting finishing touches to my talks for smaccGOLD, the forthcoming critical care conference up in the Gold Coast.

Meanwhile the daily grind of work continues. I remain fascinated with the power of FOAMed to narrow the knowledge translation gap and bring clinical concepts with tangible benefits to the bedside for improved patient care. Along with the dissemination and discussion of ideas via FOAMed, like others I am interested in how best to practically apply knowledge learned. FOAMed has encouraged me not just to keep up with the literature relative to my field, but also to consider concepts such as clinical decision making and some of the barriers to practical implementation of knowledge.

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Submitted by Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre (SCSSC), for SimulationWeek

Simulation Australasia's insight:

The Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre is opening its doors to the public for the first time to showcase how our doctors, nurses and health professionals are trained using simulation technology.

During Simulation Week, on Tuesday 6 May (10am-3pm), the local community will be able visit the Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre (SCSSC), on level 6  of the Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards, and see what happens ‘behind the glass’ when training health professionals in challenging medical situations.

Visitors to the SCSSC will be able to perform medical procedures such as video-laryngoscopy, and get hands on with simulation mannequins Simon and baby Zara. 

Nicole Jones de Rooy's curator insight, April 30, 2014 8:19 PM

What a fabulous opportunity for the public and media to participate in for SimulationWeek!  For more information see the SimulationWeek website at

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MP6 Simulator in action at Triple 8

Triple 8 utilized the full potential of the MP6 simulator before going to Bathurst.
Simulation Australasia's insight:

WHR Devices recently launched their new MP6 Motion Platform, a low cost six axis motion simulator. One of the early adopters of this new technology was Australia’s most prominent and successful V8 Supercar team of recent years, 888 Race Engineering.

Running the X Box One entry for international star drivers Andy Priaulx and Mattias Ekstrom the team needed to familiarise the drives with the circuit.  While Andy had competed at Bathurst before, Mattias had never set foot on the circuit.

WHR Devices supplied a bespoke specification MP6 Motion Platform with a cockpit layout that replicated exactly the team’s V8 Supercar, enabling the drivers to complete some 300 simulated laps of Bathurst while preparation of the team’s cars continued on around them in the workshop.

The result was a great success with the international duo running in the top ten all race, at one stage leading, and proving to be a serious chance of taking victory.  Mattias’ effort has been widely heralded as the best rookie campaign in the event’s history.

It was a testament to the benefit of quality six axis motion simulation.  In Mattias’ first practice session he was 7th fastest, lapping the daunting 6.2km circuit in 2m 11s, less than a second off the leading race pace.  Even more telling of the benefits of the WHR Devices MP6 simulator; his very first flying lap time of the circuit, which he had never been to before was 2m 14.6s.

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Simulation in Engineering Classrooms

Engineering Across Cultures - (EAC) practice based resources for engineering educators Engineering is a problem based and hard skills focused discipline. While there is widespread use of simulation in regard to the technical aspects of engineering, is less attention is given to the use of simulation in regard to 'socio-technical' aspects of engineering. These include social, cultural, values-based problems which require engineers to ask questions about 'what for', 'what if' and 'why this' 'why here'?

A project team based at Wollongong University worked with partners at Queensland University of Technology and the University of Technology, Sydney to create a set of simulation-based resources for use by engineering educators. The materials were developed as PDF downloadable documents and are available, free of charge, at -

The materials are clustered into groups each addressing different aspects of engineering practice. For example EAC modules 7-8-9 focus on Community Culture – and specifically on engagement with community issues that engineers are likely to encounter in their daily practice.

The use of simulation in these modules provides students with opportunities to encounter engineering problems in an 'as if real' context, and to develop their own unique solutions for discussion with peers and tutors.

Members of the project team are now working on developing similar materials for engineering education in regard to knowledge about Indigenous engineering skills and practices.

For information about these projects contact Dr. Elyssebeth Leigh at or Tom Goldfinch at

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Institute for Simulation Learning

Submitted by Holy Name Medical Center, Institute for Simulation Learning for SimulationWeek. 

Simulation learning is the process of recreating real life medical scenarios for training purposes - to increase patient safety and help save lives.

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Clinical training centre boost for Queensland medical students

Clinical training centre boost for Queensland medical students | SimulationWeek |

Submitted by Health Workforce Australia for SimulationWeek. 

"A newly built clinical training centre is supporting the next generation of health professionals to gain practical skills in a small coastal Queensland city. The clinical training centre (located at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Mackay)  offers flexible teaching and study spaces that support team-based collaborative learning, simulation and specialist clinical skills teaching."

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SimulationWeek Examples

Below are a couple of questions and examples to get you started with your SimulationWeek story or individual message. 

Simulation Australasia's insight:

Individual Message and Photo [100 word limit] No URL needed

Introduce yourself.

How long have you been working in simulation?

Who do you work for or who is your team?

What type of simulation do you use the most in your job, research, volunteer work?

How does working/researching/inventing in simulation inspire you?

How are you planning to celebrate SimulationWeek May 3 – May 2014?

Example 1: Individual Message:

Hello my name is Mary. I have been volunteering with the local Medical School in my home state of Nebraska as a standardized patient. I have been volunteering for about 2 years. The simulation work is fantastic! It keeps me fit and healthy even though I play sick most of the time! I love working with all the young medical students and I feel a real sense of community when I am there helping out. I will be back out there in SimulationWeek and we have a midmorning break tea to celebrate!  Happy SimulationWeek everyone!

Organisation News Story [no word limit] Hosted on individual or organisational or local news site

Who are you or who is your organisation?

What is the focus for your SimulationWeek Story (Training, Research, New Technology/ Infrastructure/Software/ Awards in Simulation)?

When did your organisation start using simulation?

Tell us how simulation is central to your core business:

Tell us how simulation is driving innovation in your industry:

What is the future for simulation in your organisation?

How is your organisation going to celebrate SimulationWeek May 3 – May 9th 2014?

Example 2: Short Organisational Story:

Over many years, our [inset organisation] has developed a virtual training platform to orientate crews to new layouts on large sea vessels. We have worked collaborately with ship manufacturers to provide complete virtual 3D replicates of the ship including all the machinery on board. Through the power of modelling and virtual simulation individuals and teams can now train virtually onshore orientating themselves to the ships layout prior to setting foot on board. Our clients have really appreciated the attention to detail that our designers have produced - to make the ships feel life like for those that are training. As part of our continued design process, we elicit feedback from our clients after initial training and then every 6 months. So far feedback has been very positive especially in regards to the aesthetics and design elements. One of our largest clients is in the middle of economic study looking at the return on investment of introducing our product.  Initial reports are indicating that our product is having a ‘substantial cost and time savings’.    

The technology that is currently available to our company to build the models and simulations could only been imagined a few years ago, but here it is here today.  Immersive training environments are here and they are better than ever!  For SimulationWeek 2014 we are opening our second office in Hong Kong. Our opening ceremony is the proud achievement of our hard working team and investors in Asia. We plan to have a giant simulated ship cake and we plan to have a special toast to SimulationWeek! 


For more story ideas go to

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Using Mask Ed to train staff to improve patient experience

Using Mask Ed to train staff to improve patient experience | SimulationWeek |

For Simulation Week I'd like to highlight the training I have been developing for all staff regarding partnering with consumers to improve patient experience.

The National Safety and Quality Health Standards Standard 2, Partnering with Consumers requires that clinical leaders, senior managers and the workforce access training on patient centred care.

Our team devised education sessions that focus patient centred care principles and includes:

  • What matters to our patients?
  • How an improved patient experience has benefits to patient, family staff and the organisation
  • How we make a difference
  • Communications in challenging situations.

Our group elected to include simulated learning into the session and chose an innovative simulation technique pioneered by Professor K. Reid Searle and known as Mask Ed (TM) KRS Simulation.

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Enriching Clinical Skills and Simulation Fidelity for Healthcare Students

Enriching Clinical Skills and Simulation Fidelity for Healthcare Students | SimulationWeek |

Submitted by Queensland University of Technology for SimulationWeek.


QUT's Clinical Simulation Centre is a melding of ideas for expansion and increasing the realistic experiences for nursing and paramedic science students.

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CAE King Air 350 full-flight simulator to support Royal Australian Air Force certified to Level D

CAE King Air 350 full-flight simulator to support Royal Australian Air Force certified to Level D | SimulationWeek |

Submitted by CAE for SimulationWeek

Simulation Australasia's insight:

The CAE 5000 Series King Air 350 full-flight simulator (FFS) now installed at a new training facility in Sale, Victoria in Australia has recently been certified by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators. 

The CAE 5000 Series FFS representing the Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft with Proline II cockpit will be used by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) for pilot training, as well as for undergraduate training for RAAF Air Combat Officer's (ACO) and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Aviation Warfare Officer's (AvWO). Under the innovative contractor-owned, contractor-operated model, CAE will provide simulator services through 2018.

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Canberra Educators Simulation Community of Practice

Canberra Educators Simulation Community of Practice | SimulationWeek |

Submitted by ACT Region IRCTN CoP Educators

Simulation Australasia's insight:

A remarkable group of educators have emerged from the green fields of Canberra and are currently leading the way in the utilization of Mask-ED TM.

This diverse group of educators (nursing, paramedics, physiotherapy, audiology, mental health) have formed a Community of Practice to provide support for those using the technique, across and within disciplines. By sharing experiences, educators have formed alliances both inter-departmental and inter-organizationally as they coordinated network equipment from one teaching opportunity to another. They initiated projects where they involved other educators in the community to participate in. With their masked characters at the forefront of the simulation, they schemed elaborate family trees to explain on-campus sightings of 'similar faced' character's helping health students learn both the art and science of their profession.

At a recent advanced development session the educators met up at a local cafe and were afforded the opportunity to critique each others’ characters whilst sipping good coffee. Having the characters out of the classroom and in the social limelight added a new dimension to our understanding of who these characters really were. Both their strengths and vulnerabilities were evident, their difficulties to negotiate the environment and their joy to meet other new 'characters' of a similar age was apparent. Mesmerised by their intonation, physical behaviours, likes and dislikes, witty banter and health knowledge, the gathering was extremely educational.

So for SimulationWeek 2014 the CoP will be out and about again, perfecting their characters and taking some well-earned time to chat to other educators with coffee in hand! Happy SimulationWeek 2014 from the team in Canberra!

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Free Professional Development Opportunity for Healthcare Clinicians and Educators

Free Professional Development Opportunity for Healthcare Clinicians and Educators | SimulationWeek |

Submitted by NHET-Sim for SimulationWeek. 

The National Health Education and Training (NHET-Sim) Program is a nationwide training program for healthcare professionals aimed at improving clinical training capacity and consists of workshops and e- learning modules on simulation as an educational method. The Program commenced in September 2012 and is available until December 2014.


NHET-Sim is funded by Health Workforce Australia (HWA) as an Australian government initiative under the Simulated Learning Environments (SLE) Program. The project, being undertaken in partnership with Monash University, offers a free training program for all health educators and clinicians. Already over 4,000 participants have registered for NHET-Sim and training workshops are being delivered across Australia with participants able to access workshops at any venue. Online training modules are also available. 

To view further information please visit


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Simulated Telemedicine Environment Project for Students (STEPS)

Submitted by Simulated Telemedicine Environment Project for Students (STEPS), School of Allied Health Sciences for SimulationWeek. 

The Simulated Telemedicine Environment Project for Students (STEPS) at Griffith University is funded by Health Workforce Australia as an Australian Government initiative. This innovative program uses videoconferencing to connect allied health and nursing students with a simulated patient. This project is unique as it enables students to experience telemedicine and allows them to access a simulated learning environment while on clinical placement, regardless of their location. During SimulationWeek, our fifth discipline, pharmacy will be conducting their first placements with students in community pharmacies. This is a very exciting milestone for the STEPS project!

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Early Management of Severe Trauma Courses

Early Management of Severe Trauma Courses | SimulationWeek |

Submitted by SURGICAL PRACTICE for SimulationWeek. 

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has identified the unique benefits of simulation training for health care professionals. These benefits include more flexibility for the location of courses, life like scenarios and the accessibility students have to practice each procedure.  
SYNMAN has been approved for use at EMST (Early Management of Severe Trauma) courses conducted by the Royal Australasian College of surgeons later this year. 

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New Graduate Program in Medical & Healthcare Simulation

New Graduate Program in Medical & Healthcare Simulation | SimulationWeek |

Submitted by Drexel University College of Medicine for SimulationWeek. 

"The Drexel University College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies recently launched a new graduate program offering a Master of Science Degree in Medical and Healthcare Simulation. This unique program offers advanced training to healthcare professionals to prepare them to teach others how to care for patients in simulation practice environments rather than practicing on patients." 

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