Australasian Simulation Congress is Only a Few Weeks Away – Don’t Miss Out!

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Check out this blog post by SimGHOSTS Training Director Kirrian Steer about the upcoming Australasian Simulation Conference taking place later this month in her country of Australia!

From SimGHOSTS

The Australasian Simulation Congress is an event combining healthcare, military and transport simulation through the SimHealth, SimTecT and Serious Games streams. This is a great opportunity to not only connect with your own simulation tribe but to also explore and be inspired the broader simulation community. The Congress launches in just a few weeks with pre-conference workshops on Monday 28 August and the conference program kicking off on Tuesday 29 August. The event venue is the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour in central Sydney. This is a stunning location only a short walk to the Sydney CBD and has multiple public transport options for getting to Sydney’s many attractions.

I was lucky enough to participate in Debra Nestel’s pre-con research workshop with Margaret Bearman at the 2015 Congress and think that this year’s workshop with Anjum Naweed and Cathy Smith on writing abstracts looks to be just as valuable. Other workshops range from Foundations in Simulation for those who would like a solid understanding of simulation practices to masterclasses in using simulation to develop teamwork, in-situ simulation, the importance and role of cues in simulations, and sustainable simulated (standardized) patient programs. This year the virtual reality masterclass has caught my attention. Not just a gimmick, virtual reality has emerged as a serious and affordable technology that warrants consideration for inclusion in all simulation programs. This is reflected in the full conference program with many sessions on VR across healthcare and other simulation settings. The pre-conference program also features a special session on NATO Simulation Standardisation Initiatives for military simulation.

They keynote speaker for the opening plenary is Professor Eduardo Salas, an organizational psychologist from Rice University who is speaking on key findings from 30 years of research in teamwork and communication and the future of team training. The morning program continues with four SimHealth streams; Surgical simulation, Safety and teams, Stress and simulation, and VR in health.


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The afternoon program has two plenary presentations. Cycle Sprick and Anjum Naweed chair a presentation and panel discussion on innovators in simulation and the enablers and constraints to further developments in simulation. The second presentation is chaired by Professor Victoria Brazil and highlights the approaches to and practice of in-situ simulation in a variety of health care contexts. Day One concludes with a welcome reception and speed networking in the Exhibition hall. The Day Two program has an early start with the Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare special interest group breakfasts. Choose from Rural, Simulated patient, Technology and Pediatric groups and meet like-minded simulation professionals over a casual breakfast. The day continues with three SimHealth streams; Undergraduate simulation, Simulated patients and Pediatrics. The morning program concludes with a plenary presentation from Jill Stow which follows into a panel presentation featuring Professor Eduardo Salas and Professor Victoria Brazil discussing teams and interprofessional simulation.

The afternoon program for Day Two starts with the Serious Games Showcase as well as workshops on running simulations and debriefing simulations, and a SimHealth stream. Following a break there are two SimHealth streams with themes of Innovation in Healthcare and Undergraduate Simulations, as well as a combined SimHealth/SimTecT stream, the SimTecT Plenary and Serious Games presentations. socializing and networking opportunities continue into the evening with the Simulation Australasia Awards Dinner which is always a great evening of recognizing those who make significant contributions to the field along with plenty of food, friends and fun.

Day Three is the final day of the program and starts with the SimTecT plenary: a panel discussion about the serious uses of virtual reality technologies. There is a SimHealth general stream and workshops on patient safety, debriefing strategies for difficult situations and hands-off teaching. The morning concludes with a SimHealth Plenary on maximizing the impact of healthcare simulation.

The afternoon program features the Fringe Plenary, highlighting the work of some of the creative and original thinkers working in simulation. The concurrent sessions are a virtual reality SimTecT stream, SimHealth streams on pediatrics and student competency, and a moulage workshop. The conference and Day Three conclude with a joint plenary exploring the wicked ideas and problems being faced by the broader simulation community.

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Plan for Australasian Simulation Congress Late September

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Monday 26 September – Thursday 29 September 2016
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Victoria, Australia

Simulation Australasia, the national body for those working in simulation in Australasia, will once again bring together the SimHealth and SimTecT conferences under the name of the Australasian Simulation Congress (ASC) with opportunities for a number of joint sessions of mutual interest. In 2016, it will also incorporate the International Simulation and Gaming Association (ISAGA).

About Simulation Australasia

Simulation Australasia and the SimTecT / SimHealth Organising Committees invite you to join us at the inaugural Australasian Simulation Congress. This year we are Melbourne bound, to celebrate in effect, our coming of age. Yes, it’s our 21st birthday and a new chapter begins.

You are encouraged to join us in highlighting the leadership that thrives within our community (both local and abroad) as we unite again, SimTecT and SimHealth, now together as curated streams of the newly titled Australasian Simulation Congress. This year we also stand alongside an old ally, the International Simulation and Gaming Association (ISAGA), as we incorporate their 47th meeting and throw open our doors to a wider public audience.

The sense of achievement was palpable as we celebrated the conclusion of our 20th conference year in 2015. Delegates, exhibitors and committee members alike were basking in the perception of a job well done, relationships forged, deals struck and opportunities identified. It was a time for celebration!

After all, is that not our purpose? Of course it is, celebration of the potential in this community of ours!

The SimAust Chairman, Dr Mike Brennan, has declared we are at the nexus of technology, academia and industry. Indeed we are, for this is a year that we bring a spotlight to you, our industry partners. For the first time in many years, perhaps in our history, we have appointed an Exhibition Convenor, to bring industry capability to an equal partnership with scientific research in our Congress program. Make no mistake, we deeply value the scientific contribution our research community brings to this event, and we think the best way to secure our place in academic society is to draw a firm line in the sand, and so we have determined that if it’s not research, it needs a new home in the Congress schedule. This year, our Exhibition will have a dedicated program of activities, an industry showcase event will be held in the Exhibition Hall, and our Exhibitors will have unprecedented engagement in signature events throughout the Congress.

We want to be heard in Melbourne above the fever pitch of the AFL Grand Final week – will you come and help us make some noise!! We are so excited about showing off our amazing industry, and look forward to discussing with you what that looks like for your business. Our team is ready to build the show with you.

Learn more at the Australasian Simulation Conference Website today!