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.


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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!


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SimGHOSTS 2016 Australia Day 2 Starts with Exploration of NASA Influences

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Today was Day 2 of the 3rd annual SimGHOSTS technology training event in Melbourne at the Australian Catholic University. Yesterday we heard from two plenary speakers, with the keynote address sponsored by Laerdal Medical:

About Laerdal Sponsored Keynote Speaker Lance Baily

Lance is an innovator and thought leader in the world of healthcare simulation. Using his background in digital media production and EMS fire fighting, as well as his work as a Simulation Technology Specialist, Lance founded several of the world’s leading websites, organizations, and events in the field of healthcare simulation. Lance also served as the inaugural Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s massive multi-institutional Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas. Desiring to make a global impact, Lance founded what has become the world’s most-read medical simulation resource website: HealthySimulation.com. Never satisfied with the status quo, Lance went on to create SimGHOSTS.org, a non-profit organization that supports professionals in the healthcare simulation industry through hands-on training events, online resources, and professional development. Because of overwhelming global demand, SimGHOSTS now operates four annual events, including ones in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates. SimGHOSTS has also forged successful affiliations with simulation organizations all over the world, including SSH, ASPE, ASPiH, Simulation Australia, and IPSS.

In a drive to create excellence, SimGHOSTS has recently partnered with INACSL to develop a new professional competency standard for the position of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist. Lance continues to be a change-maker and innovator in the field of healthcare simulation. All of his projects and efforts are based on a core belief: that emerging technology can create community and empower people to solve bigger problems faster.

Keynote Presentation “To Boldly Go”

In his best selling book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success. Gladwell considers why the majority of Canadian ice hockey players are born in the first few months of the year, how Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates achieved his extreme wealth, and why the Beatles became one of the most successful musical acts in human history.

Throughout his book, Gladwell theorizes how historical and cultural circumstances can pave the way for such phenomenal success. What can the healthcare simulation industry learn from a similar of exploration of its own past, present, and future? Simulation Evangelist Lance Baily has applied Gladwell’s theories to our industry and will explain why his projects, including HealthySimulation.com and SimGHOSTS.org, have made such huge global impacts in just five short years. By understanding the core truths behind the success of these projects, participants will take away valuable arguments they can use to advocate for the expanded use of simulation in their own home institutions. Finally, Lance will explore how the historical and cultural forces that are now in motion will transform healthcare simulation as we know it from a small community of early-adopters to a universal standard embraced by all.

Day 1 Afternoon Plenary

Stephen Guinea is the Coordinator of Health Simulation for the Faculty of Health Sciences at Australian Catholic University (ACU). Within this role, Stephen has driven the strategic direction of health simulation at ACU focusing on simulation learning environments, staff capacity and capability and curriculum integration with the purpose of a quality student (and staff) experience of simulation. Stephen’s research interests include simulation design for authentic learning, clinical skills development and integrating theories of workplace learning into university curriculum. Stephen has received three learning and teaching awards including a 2013 Office for Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Stephen’s PhD research focused on designing sociocultural simulation for international nursing students as preparation for the clinical placement.

One of the greatest challenges facing health simulation programs is meeting the needs of the various stakeholders in a sustainable way. A significant part of this challenge is understanding the various needs and expectations, creating and communicating a vision, and enacting the vision in a way that is sustainable. The Faculty of Health Sciences at Australian Catholic University (ACU) has taken a strategic approach to the advancement of health simulation in terms of building facilities, capacity and capability of simulation technical services, education and training, curriculum integration and research. The success of such an approach is dependent on communication and relationships.

In this session, Stephen discussed that whilst very large student numbers, limited numbers of simulation technicians and an increasingly sessionalised academic workforce present particular challenges to advancing a simulation agenda for 13 health disciplines across 6 campuses, significant opportunities exist. The rapid advancement of simulation and simulation related technologies and a clear and consistent vision of simulation as a learning and teaching method shared by all stakeholders allows for thinking about how to “do” simulation in a way that meets these challenges. This session described the ongoing approach to building a sustainable simulation program at ACU and the essential contribution simulation technicians make to such success.

Day 2 Morning Plenary

This morning, Dr. Sprick gave us a deeper dive historical exploration of healthcare simulation, connecting the various industries that have contributed to our own.

Dr. Cyle Sprick is the Director of the Clinical Simulation Unit in the School of Medicine at Flinders University in South Australia. Dr Sprick has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on clinical simulation. Clinically, Dr Sprick has been a practicing Paramedic since 1996, first in Texas, and then in Adelaide from 2000. Sitting at the nexus of clinical practice, education and biomedical engineering, Dr Sprick brings a unique perspective to clinical simulation. Before moving to Australia in 2000, Cyle worked for Oceaneering Space Systems (a NASA contractor) designing and building cryogenic (liquid air) based life support systems for underwater astronaut training, firefighters, and haz-mat workers. He also worked on the design of a liquid oxygen based life support system for the Mars mission space suit, and various robotic projects.

Augmented patients are an amalgamation of manikins, simulated patients (actors) and task trainers to provide the best of all three when simulating the deteriorating patient. Dr Cyle Sprick from Flinders University in Adelaide has been developing this style of simulation for over a decade. Dr Sprick discussed some of the work of the giants on who’s shoulders we stand as well as some of the new technological developments that are enabling this modality.

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SimGHOSTS 2016 Australia Opens in Melbourne at ACU!

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Specialists from around the Asia-Pacific region will descend on the ACU Melbourne campus to work with the latest and greatest in health simulation technology at the SimGHOSTS Medical Simulation Technology Conference, starting today. Sporting one of the Australia’s premier health simulation learning facilities, the ACU Health Simulation Centre located in the Daniel Mannix and Mary Glowery Buildings, will host the four-day conference.

Regarded as a world-leader in the education and training for health simulation technology, SimGHOSTS has a hands-on focus aiming to ensure the benefits of simulation technology are being maximized. Faculty Coordinator of Health Simulation, Stephen Guinea, said it was testament to the quality of the facilities in Melbourne that SimGHOSTS partnered with ACU. “SimGHOSTS is an industry leader in health simulation technology training and education, which made the opportunity to partner for this conference a natural fit as ACU is one the leaders in health education,” Guinea said. The conference focuses around improving the understanding of advanced health simulation technology, ensuring the technology is being utilized to its full potential to deliver meaningful education outcomes.

“Having advanced technology in health simulation is one element of building a quality learning experience that will best prepare our graduates for a career in healthcare, but understanding how to maximize the benefits of technologies is an equally important aspect,” Guinea said. “Hosting the SimGHOSTS conference allows us to expose a range of Faculty staff, IT experts and students to the state-of-the-art technology available at ACU as well as in the global healthcare simulation community.”

Laerdal Medical Sponsored the keynote address
by SimGHOSTS Founder Lance Baily

The conference is expected to attract more than 100 people from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, United States and Pakistan. SimGHOSTS Event Director Ryan Eling said ACU offered a unique combination of modern health simulation infrastructure and strong desire to utilize technology to provide high-quality educational outcomes to students. SimGHOSTS Founder and Development Director Lance Baily shared “We are thrilled to be working with ACU, one of the leading healthcare simulation programs in the Pacific Region. Our mission is to provide specialized resources to this new emerging professional community – and with the support from Stephen and the ACU Team we are able to do that in big ways for an international audience.”

SimGHOSTS is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to providing hands-on training, online resources, and community support for simulation technicians or those operating medical simulation technology.

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SimED Monthly Healthcare Simulation Resource Newsletter!

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Today we are sharing these crucial simulation updates from SimEd, Australia’s leading simulation resource portal!

Sign up for these Free SimED resources today!

Welcome to SimEd monthly newsletter:

  • New *Part 1* pharmacy scenario contributed by Joy Spark and Pene Wood from La Trobe University focuses on effective communication when dispensing medications for a practicing community pharmacist.  Part 2 to follow in July 2016.  Note: Registered access ONLY
  • La Trobe lecturer Sandy Connors talks about the benefits of having 2nd year nursing students participate as simulated patients for first year student classes.  Read the case study in full here.
  • Upcoming EVENT – VSA Annual Regional Symposium, on Friday 15th July, 2016. This event will take place in Warrnambool, Victoria (Australia)
  • See current news and events listed on SimEd

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Planning an event or promoting your simulation program?  Let us know so we can keep our news and events information up to date.  Contact them for more info!

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Contribute to SimEd – This is an opportunity to provide content to ensure SimEd continues to promote and share the research or simulated learning activities going on in your part of the world.  Contact them for more info.

Missed the SimED May update? 

  • La Trobe Rural Health School sent a new simulated patient recruit to attend the HEAL SP training course in Melbourne. Read about the program on the website.
  • Read “Simulation in postgraduate high acuity nursing programs; a valuable component within a blended learning curriculum” contributed by La Trobe university nursing academics Joannet Hardenberg and Kathleen Tori, added to case studies.
  • New Scenario added to the scenario resources – Tracheostomy Simulation: Swallowing and Communication Management for Patients with a Tracheostomy.  This has been contributed by Goulburn Valley Health and was written for speech pathology staff and students.

SimGHOSTS 2016 Australia!

Now entering its sixth year, The Gathering Of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists will continue its Australia-based event to provide support to those operating healthcare simulation technologies around the world.  The event runs from July 5th – 8th, 2016 in Melbourne (Victoria)

This specialized hands-on conference is a unique training meeting which allows for direct vendor engagements with the real “end-users” of simulation-based technology. Join this international technical-based professional medical simulation community to train and showcase your products/services through exhibitor hall tables and/or direct hands-on class experiences.

Limited-time “Early-Bird” Price of A$595 will be available until June 15, 2016 – Register here!

Victorian Simulated Patient Network (VSPN) e-learning modules.

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The modules cover various aspects of simulated patient (SP) methodology. The modules contain a variety of resources including videos, audios, SP scenarios and relevant reading material. Modules are designed to take up to two hours to complete but may take longer. There is no formal assessment. Certificates of completion for each module can be downloaded after you have submitted the online evaluation.

There are 13 modules available. You must register to access the modules. Registration is currently free!

For more great resources visit the SIMED portal today!

Wednesday Deadline: SimGHOSTS Early-Bird Deadline for Global Sim Technology Training Events

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Sim Champs a final reminder that this Wednesday is the FINAL day for early-bird registrations to SimGHOSTS simulation training events in Australia, United Kingdom, and USA this July through August. If you have been planning to attend these world class hands-on training events, now is the time to secure big savings by registering by this Wednesday!

Melbourne: July 5-8th
London: July 18-20th
Peoria, IL (near Chicago): August 2nd-5th

Key Justifications to Attend SimGHOSTS:

  • Affordable: ­Compared to other international simulation events SimGHOSTS is as much as HALF the cost. Take advantage of early-­bird registration for even greater savings.
  • Focused: ­ SimGHOSTS is the only event specifically addressing the community, skill sets, and development of those operating healthcare simulation technology.
  • Engaging: ­ Other events provide limited technical content which has not been reviewed by technical experts. With SimGHOSTS you will get the training to take you further.
  • Intimate: Unlike endless exhibit halls, at SimGHOSTS you can build quality relationships with vendors and have the time necessary to deep dive into product details.
  • Innovative: ­ SimGHOSTS represents the cutting ­edge of simulation technology, and thus, the healthcare simulation industry’s future trends. Stay ahead of the curve!
  • Valuable Networking: ­Everyone at SimGHOSTS does the same work you do! Easily connect with your peers through courses, receptions, showcases, and competitions!
  • Hands-­on:­ Minimal lectures, maximum direct training. Don’t just listen, do!

Register today at the SimGHOSTS 2016 Events webpage!

SimGHOSTS Launches 2016 Healthcare Sim Tech Training Registrations for Summer USA, UK, AUS Events!

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SimGHOSTS has launched registration for its three summer events in the US, UK and Australia! Looking for affordable hands-on training and peer networking in healthcare simulation technology operations? Join them this summer at a location nearest you to engage with hundreds of others just like you!

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About the 2016 Events:

Join hundreds of Sim Techs from around the world at our annual international hands-on training events! The “Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists” is now operating into its sixth year as a US-based non-profit 501(c)3 organization based out of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 2016 SimGHOSTS events will provide a meeting place for you to exchange ideas and network with technical peers as well as receive specialized training in manikin hardware repair and software programming, audiovisual equipment debugging, IT infrastructures, moulage makeup, team communication and leadership techniques, medical physiology and much more. You will also have opportunities to meet with simulation-based vendors to engage with the latest in healthcare education technology. 

Use the links below to learn more about our summer events that have launched registration:

Australia
Australian Catholic University
Platinum Sponsored by Laerdal Medical
Melbourne, Victoria
Pre-Symposium: July 5th, 2016
Symposium: July 6th-8th, 2016

United Kingdom
Co-hosted by ASPiH
St. Georges Simulation & Clinical Skills Centre (GAPS)
London, England
Pre-Symposium: July 18th, 2016
Symposium: July 19th-20th, 2016

United States
Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center
Peoria, Illinois
Pre-Symposium: August 2nd, 2016
Symposium: August 3rd-5th, 2016

Middle East & Africa
(Still taking presentation submissions)
Supported by Simulead
Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center
Dubai, UAE
Pre-Symposium: November 13th, 2016
Symposium: November 14th-15th, 2016

Who Should Attend SimGHOSTS Events?

Anyone responsible for the technical operation of a medical simulation lab including full-time or part-time Sim Techs, or clinical educators tasked with operating the day-to-day of simulation spaces. As well, anyone evaluating medical-simulation based technology should strongly consider attending as most major industry vendors are encouraged to attend.

Other meetings are better suited for clinical educators specifically looking to learn how to teach with medical simulation.

*New Thought for Administrators of simulation programs!* Sim program managers should also consider sending their institution’s AV and IT related staff members who are responsible for supporting the simulation program. In our most recent events, staff from AV and IT departments outside of the healthcare simulation program found immense benefit from participating in SimGHOSTS to better understand the needs of their institution’s simulation program!

SimGHOSTS events provide hands-on training workshops, special pre-symposium courses and podium presentations in:

  • Manikin Programming & Hardware Repair
  • A/V System Design, Integration and Consolidation
  • IT Networking & Debugging
  • Trauma & Suturing Moulage Makeup
  • Video Production & Editing Techniques
  • Team Communication & Leadership
  • Medical Pharmacology for Scenarios
  • Career Development & Staff Management
  • Much much more!

Learn more about all SimGHOSTS 2016 Events!

4th Edition of ‘Simulated Training And Research’ Magazine from Clinical Skills Development Service

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Last year I had the amazing privilege to connect with the amazing team at the Clinical Skills Development Service who hosted the 2nd annual SimGHOSTS Australia event. This hub-and-spoke model location provides online courses and equipment for many of the simulation programs across Queensland, Australia. They literally own over 2,000 simulation products which can be utilized by “Pocket Centres” and rotated out whenever necessary. It’s an amazing model which the global community could learn a lot from. Here today we are sharing their quarterly 4th edition of the STAR magazine, which stands for Simulated Training And Research!

Executive Address From A/Prof Marcus Watson / Executive Director, CSDS

2015 has proven to be a monumental year for the Clinical Skills Development Service (CSDS). Whether it is has been through our involvement in the delivery of national and international level events, supporting the ever-increasing numbers of simulation providers, or the addition of new courses into our program, CSDS has not stopped supporting clinicians, at the state, national and international levels. This edition provides some food for thought on where education and research in healthcare is going and also identifies some of the highlights that CSDS will progress as we all move into 2016. On behalf of all of the team here at CSDS, I would like to wish you all a safe and merry festive season and invite you to continue your patronage to CSDS and this magazine.

This 4th Edition Covers

  • Negave learning: the invisible outcomes
  • Research students collaborate to innovate
  • So you want to be a SimCo…
  • Celebrang errors
  • Interviews with Darren Lawrence and Joseph Sharpe

About the CSDS

The Queensland Health Clinical Skills Development Service (CSDS) is one of the world’s largest providers of healthcare simulation. We deliver education and training to Queensland Health staff and external healthcare providers at the Skills Development Centre and state-wide.

The focus of our education and training is on clinical skills, communication, and crisis management, delivered via eLearning and face-to-face simulation.

Hosted by Metro North Hospital and Health Service and based at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital campus, our centre covers over 3500m², with 26 session rooms, laboratories, and a fully functional operating theatre and hospital ward.

Read the Full STAR 4th Edition here, learn more about the CSDS here and be sure to check out the CSDS Blog!

Abstract Submission Deadlines for SimGHOSTS Simulation Technology Summer Events End Soon!

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Sim Champs! The time is almost here to submit your courses for SimGHOSTS Summer events taking place around the World! Get discounted registration to your regional event by being accepted to present at the meeting. Highlight your program success stories and support your community by submitting awesome content today!

Due Dates:

USA – February 1st Extended Until February 8th!

AUS – February 8th

UK – February 15th

We are accepting proposals in the following categories:

  • Podium Presentations (20 minute, 50 minute or 110 minute lecture with photos, videos and demos)
  • Workshops (2 – 4 hour hands-on training course)
  • Poster Presentations (“Science Fair” type of explanation of project, program, research, etc)
  • DIY Contest Entry (live demonstration or online video of a technology hack, unique design or other project)

 SimGHOSTS topic categories for all events are:

  • Audiovisual Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Management
  • Medical/Clinical Topics
  • Moulage
  • Simulation Technology

They are also looking for presentations in VR, augmented reality, patient safety, and other specialized simulation technologies in 2016!

Presentations can be of varying length: 20, 50 or 110 minutes; or a 4-hour workshop. They are looking for content that covers many experience levels, from Beginner to Advanced.Accepted 20 minute proposals earn presenter a $25 discount on event registration. 
Accepted 50 or 110 minute proposals earn a $50 discount for one of the presenter(s).
Accepted 4-hour workshops earn a $50 discount for up to 3 presenters.

Presentation Proposal Links by Event:

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Victorian Simulated Patient Network Website Provides Free Simulation Resources

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Debra Nestel is the Professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare at Monash University, Australia. She is also the Editor in Chief of the new Advances in Simulation, a new open access journal associated by the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM). More on that soon!

Recently Debra shared with HealthySim about The Virtual Simulated Patient Network (VSPN) website, which was established to create a network of individuals with a special interest in simulated patient (SP) methodology. The VSPN offers online modules on various aspects of working with SPs involved in health and social care professional education. The modules are likely to be of interest to simulation educators, technicians, SPs and to some extent learners involved in undergraduate and postgraduate training in all health professional disciplines.

The VSPN aims to provide individuals interested in simulated patient (SP) practice with a network to share with and from each other. SPs are individuals trained to portray real patients. SPs contribute to health professional education in many ways. There is a spectrum of SP practices that are expanding. The VSPN aims to connect SPs, educators, students, clinicians and others through this website.

The website is free and aims to share information about this modality from many simulation champions in the field. Earlier this year the VSPN crossed over 500 members who come from every continent!

Visit the VSPN website for all these free resources and to learn more!

Professor Debra Nestel Shares The Benefits of Simulation to Medical Journal of Australia

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Recently The Medical Journal of Australia interviewed Professor Debra Nestel BA PhD FAcadMEd CHSE-A, who is professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare at Monash University in Melbourne. In the audio interview below Dr. Nestel discusses the role of simulated patients and other modalities, particularly in relation to rural training. With MJA engagement editor, Cate Swannell.

To accompany a Careers feature on simulation training in medical schools she speaks with MJA engagement editor Cate Swannell in the video below:

Learn more about The Medical Journal of Australia and Dr. Debra Nestel!