Hume Simulation Alliance (HSA)

This project is developing the capacity of local clinical educators and placement supervisors to deliver future Simulated Learning Education (SLE) training to students as part of the clinical placement experience; and providing for ongoing maintenance and management of existing simulation resources.

In a collaboration between health services and education providers within the region, the HSA has a particular focus on the development of SLE education opportunities, including interprofessional SLE, for Professional-Entry students through the review and enhancement of the use of SLE in curricula. The HSA has also provided additional professional development opportunities for a range of health service staff across the Hume region.

Key to the project’s success has been the involvement of ten health services in the Hume region: Alpine Health (Myrtleford), Albury-Wodonga Health, Beechworth Health, Benalla Health, Goulburn Valley Health, Mansfield and District Hospital, Seymour Health, and Yarrawonga Health and more recently, Cobram District Hospital and North East Health Wangaratta. Each of the health services has generously provided support to the project through the provision of space, equipment and clinical staff to participate in interprofessional simulation education and, most importantly of all, allowing students who are on clinical placement at the hubs to participate in this exciting education initiative.

The simulation topics delivered incorporate the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards. Many modes of simulation have been used to deliver an interprofessional learning experience across the hubs, including the use of simulated patients, high-fidelity and low-fidelity equipment. When developing scenarios and learning outcomes, the focus has been on:

  • Developing interprofessional communication skills
  • Building teams and developing team work skills
  • Implementing values and ethics for interprofessional practice.

Additionally, the HSA project team has found that the use of SLE with students in Initial Registration of Overseas Nurses (IRON) programs has been highly beneficial for both students and health service staff alike.  Evaluations from participants of all aspects of the project will guide the future direction of this work in future years.

There are a range of resources already available both in situ equipment on sites and online tools that members can access.

This is a work in progress so keep watching this space for more details, see some links below or contact Keryn Bolte for further information:

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