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Simulation news

All the simulation news from the faculty, including a Simulation Showcase event at Fiona Stanley Hospital, a presentation at the Australian Society of Cytology’s quarterly meeting and an immersive learning experience for students at the Juniper Simulation Centre.

Simulation news.
Simulation news.

Conferences and Presentations

Alina Miranda gave a presentation,  ‘Clinical proficiency training in interprofessional pathology testing’ at the Australian Society of Cytology’s local quarterly meeting, which was held at QEII Medical Centre on April 2017.

The audience consisted of senior pathologists, senior scientists, junior scientists and representatives from private and public sectors. The presentation detailed findings from a TASS grant project received in 2016, for ‘Developing authentic simulation to enhance clinical and technical skills for diagnostic cytology students’.

Alina reported that audience feedback was positive, and participants agreed that if students were prepared at the undergraduate level, then training on the job would be less onerous.

Future actions regarding this initiative include a potential innovation grant with an interstate collaborator in 2018. Overall, the presentation was a great example of sharing innovative practice in pedagogical design, with an emphasis on stakeholder collaboration to promote work-readiness in new graduates.


Curtin and Allied Health @ Fiona Stanley Hospital – Simulation Showcase event

Late 2016, Curtin’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Fiona Stanley Hospital’s Allied Health team facilitated a two day Simulation Showcase event. The anticipated ouctomes for this event were to:

  • foster (further) collaborations between health and higher education sectors to ensure graduates are industry-ready
  • generate ideas about how simulation could be used to enhance interprofessional learning
  • share and showcase simulation resources
  • generate ideas for simulation projects between FSH and Curtin University
  • meet colleagues with an interest in simulation-based education and learning.

The event was attended by staff from the disciplines of social work, pharmacy, occupational therapy, psychology, dietetics, lab medicine, exercise physiology, speech pathology and physiotherapy. Attendees participated in sessions on designing simulated learning activities, debriefing, observing simulation ‘stations’ and how to evaluate simulated learning activities.

Feedback from participants was very positive, many including statements such as:

“Fabulous! I am very inspired and motivated to incorporate simulation into education and already have lots of ideas! I look forward to future collaborations. Thank you!”

“Really valuable taster! Great to hear about what others are doing and make new contacts for future opportunities.”

It is hoped that collaborations will continue to grow and flourish, with the ultimate aim of ensuring Curtin students are industry-ready and responsive to the needs of the individual, and the health care system.

Contributed by: Alison Kelly, Simulation Lead, Faculty of Health Sciences.


Dietetics Simulation – Malnutrition Assessment

The second year Masters of Dietetics students were involved with an immersive learning experience at the Juniper Simulation Centre during week six. This involved the use of two volunteers as simulated patients in a ‘hospital set up’ where students conducted a malnutrition assessment using a subjective global assessment. This validated tool allows dietitians to identify if an individual is malnourished using a physical examination along with a focused examination of weight change, nutrient intake, functional capacity and  physical symptoms.

Students were very engaged and were able to develop hands-on skills in assessing fat and muscle wasting.   The feedback received from students was very positive. A special thank you goes to the volunteers from Juniper who gave up their afternoon.

Contributed by: Amanda Cheong-Duryea, Simulation Lead, School of Public Health.