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!


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SimGHOSTS Australia 2015 Launches at Clinical Skills Development Service

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Today in Brisbane Australia over 100 simulation champions from around the world came together at the Clinical Skills Development Service for the 2nd annual “Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists”, aka SimGHOSTS. This was the 6th international event put on by the organization which also has meetings in the United Kingdom (co-hosted by ASPiH), the United States (hosted at Cedars-Sinai) and Dubai (supported by Simulead).

CSDS Director Dylan Campher opened the show with an introduction to Elwyn Hellway provided the “Welcome to Country” of the Gubby way, an official ceremony sharing the ancestry and aboriginal people of Australia. Dylan then returned to start the show. A team of clinical professionals took the stage with a Simman during a cardiac arrest – a very tense simulation moment — unfortunately the patient didn’t survive the simulation — which unbelievably brought on a GHOST! On the screen behind the stage was a projected Ghost which brought the call for “Ghost Busters”. Being Australia, Crocidile Dundee showed up to help call for the Ghost Busters — and together they captured the Ghost!

Event Director Ryan Eling thanked Platinum Sponsor Laerdal Medical for their sponsorship of the keynote address by Dr. Caroyln Yucha and the opening reception. He also thanked CAE Healthcare & Mediquip who sponsored tomorrow’s Plenary Address. He also recognized Limbs & Things, Trauma Sim, and Simulation Australia.

After morning announcements Ryan brought up Laerdal Queensland Territory Sales Manager Lucas Tomczak who spoke to the support of the company of organizations and communities like SimGHOSTS, stating that their mission of “helping save lives” was not just a catch phrase – but an earnest passion shared by their global team-members. Lucas introduced Dr. Carolyn Yucha, Dean of Nursing & Allied Health of the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The school was apart of the Nevada System of Higher Education, which also connected Nevada State College and the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine — all of whom collaborated on the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas (CSCLV). SimGHOSTS founder Lance Baily began the organization and annual events at the CSCLV in 2011 when he was the Director of the center.

Dr. Yucha spoke on how to Negotiate to create an effective and efficient student learning environment, described the different roles and training needs for simulation staff, and discussed, and strategies for sim champs to communicate their needs.

Today opens three days of hands-on training and community networking for those who operate Simulation Technology across Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region. Registered attendees were also provided complimentary subscription to SimGHOSTS.org which will connect Sim Techs from the four global events from around the world.

Follow @SimGHOSTS, @luke27 to stay up to date with latest announcements & learn more about the organization and its future world events at SimGHOSTS.org!

2015 Australia and USA Event Locations Announced for Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist Training & Community Events

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Looking for the best in simulation technology training and community support? Well mark your 2015 calendars because the world’s leading organization for those operating simulation technology just announced its 2015 event schedule! SimGHOSTS will be at the Clinical Skills Development Service late June and Cedar-Sinai for USA in August! Year after year this technology-centered event grows in attendance by both operational staff and leading industry vendors. Now celebrating its 5th year, SimGHOSTS has firmly established itself as the premiere organization for healthcare simulation technical conversations! Watch the video testimonials from SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia which was just published:

What is SimGHOSTS?

SimGHOSTS, aka the Gathering Of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, and is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to providing hands-on training, online resources, and community support for Sim Techs or those operating medical simulation technology. SimGHOSTS has held internationally attended events to provide community-driven and vendor technical training.

Now operating in its fifth year, SimGHOSTS continues its expanded mission offering yet again both a US-based and Australian-based events in 2015!

5th Annual SimGHOSTS USA Event Save the Date:

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Los Angeles, California

August 4-7th

Presentation Proposal Submission: Launches December 1st, Ends March 1st

Registration Opens Earlier this year: March 16th

About the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills: The Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills is an immersive environment equipped with the latest in human patient simulators and medical devices. The center replicates the reality of professionals working together performing different roles and navigating the latest technology within our system. Multi-professional clinical skills development, teamwork, improving communication and, ultimately, patient safety are at the heart of the center’s ethos. This proactive approach – training in teams, communicating in teams and solving problems in teams – helps Cedars-Sinai provide the best possible care to patients and provides staff with the latest in educational technology.

The new Simulation Center is the ultimate training environment — one where surgeons, physicians, nurses, and allied healthcare professionals can master advanced skills. By constantly improving the skills of clinical staff, Women’s Guild is providing a resource that benefits every department at Cedars-Sinai and the patients they serve.


SimGHOSTS 2015 Australia 2nd Annual Event:

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Brisbane, Queensland

June 23rd-26th, 2015

Presentation Submission: Now Open until January 31st. Visit the SG15AUS Abstract submission page here.

Event Registration Opens February 9th

For the past four years, SimGHOSTS has continued to see increased attendance by the international community of Simulation Technology Specialists or those who operate healthcare simulation technology at the annual hands-on training events. With a mission to connect the world’s growing population of simulation technology professionals together, the non profit organization’s leadership has continued to engage in relationship building with organizations inside and outside the United States.  After a successful inaugural Australian event in 2014 and several strong partnerships built with healthcare simulation leaders in the country, SimGHOSTS 2015: Australia will be an exciting second chapter for our organization!

SimGHOSTS, or The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, is bringing its successful hands-on training event for those operating simulation technology and labs in Australia this June 2015! Join us at The Clinical Skills Development Service at the Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital this June 23rd – 26th to take part in manikin programming, hardware repair, A/V System debugging, medical pharmacology, IT infrastructure building, community development and much much more!

About the CSDS:

The Queensland Health Clinical Skills Development Service (CSDS) is the 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. We aim to achieve the best outcomes for patients, educators, and clinicians in Queensland through seven core functions.

Annually, the SDC now supports the training to tens of thousands clinicians and students. This training is being matched by the work of Skills Centres and Pocket Simulation Centres that the CSDS supports through the training of Faculty and Simulation Coordinators, provision of curriculum resources, and the distribution and maintenance of simulator equipment across the state. An investment in research and ongoing commitment to improving services for simulation education providers will continue to enable simulation to enhance the education of clinicians, improve clinical service delivery, and contribute to better clinical outcomes for patients.


SimGHOSTS 2015 events will 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!

Who Should Attend This Event?

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.

Learn more about the SimGHOSTS 2015 Australia Event and the USA Event!


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Australia’s Clinical Skills Development Service Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

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Earlier this week The Clinical Skills Development Service (CSDS) celebrated 10 years of providing healthcare simulation training throughout Queensland, Australia. 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. 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. As part of the celebrations, CSDS held an open day at the Skills Development Centre located on the RBWH campus which shared simulation experiences, Pocket Simulation Centre Showcases, Timeline displays and immersive scenarios!

One of the genius models the CSDS has implemented is their “hub-and-spoke” model of equipment utilization:

CSDS provides a large range of support services to Pocket Simulation Centres and Skills Centres to improve state-wide simulation education access across Queensland, using a hub- and-spoke model.

The hub–and-spoke model consists of the Brisbane Skills Development Centre (hub) linking to the other Queensland Skills Centres and Pocket Simulation Centres, providing in situ training within Hospital and Health Services across Queensland.

The services and tools provided include:

  • setting up and maintaining audiovisual equipment
  • providing access to a large pool of simulation equipment
  • access to an online curriculum and resource sharing database
  • accreditation tools that provides a quality framework for simulation education sites.

Learn more about this model and the CSDS through the Free-To-Watch Plenary Session Address provided by CSDS Director Dylan Campher recorded at SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia at the University of the Sunshine Coast!

More information on the CSDS 10 year celebration can also be accessed via the CSDS Homepage!