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Simulation news

All the latest simulation news including an update from the Simulation Leads Committee, new publications, a call for abstracts and information about a new entity – the Western Australian Simulation in Healthcare Alliance Inc. (WASHA).

Simulation news.
Simulation news.

The Simulation Leads from each School continue to progress related activities and initiatives through the leadership of Alison Kelly of the Simulation Leads Committee.

Ongoing are refinements to the terms of reference, simulation leads role description and strategic plan. Updating these documents will offer guidance on the continued growth of simulation-based education (SBE) across the School of Health Sciences.

Recent simulation-related publications from staff in the Faculty of Health Sciences

Imms C, Chu EMY, Guinea S, Sheppard L, Froude E, Carter R, Darzins S, Ashby S, Gilbert-Hunt S, Gribble N, Nicola Richmond K, Penman M, Gospodarevskaya E, Mathieu E, Symmons M. Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of embedded simulation in occupational therapy clinical practice education: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials. 2017: 18(1).

Dennis D, Furness A, Duggan R, Critchett S. An interprofessional simulation-based learning activity for nursing and physiotherapy students. Clinical Simulation in Nursing. 2017: 13(10), 501-510

Simulation Text Book

Nestel, D. Kelly, M. Jolly, B. & Watson, M. (Eds.) (2018) Healthcare simulation education: Evidence, theory and practice. John Wiley & Sons: West Sussex.

A new resource for a rapidly expanding professional healthcare simulation community. Designed as a core reference for educators who use simulation as an educational method, it outlines theory, evidence and research relevant to healthcare simulation. Containing examples of innovations from around the world, the book offers opportunities to make clear connections between the underlying rationale for the use of simulation, and what this looks like in practice. (electronic via Curtin Library)

Western Australian Simulation in Healthcare Alliance Inc (WASHA)

A new entity – the Western Australian Simulation in Healthcare Alliance Inc. (WASHA) was launched in June 2017, with origins from the former Immersive and Simulation-Based Learning Committee. Three pillars form the alliance’s future directions – advocacy, research and community. Leading the Research pillar is Dr Claire Langdon (Ear Science Institute Australia) and Curtin staff member Alison Kelly, with assistance from A/Prof Michelle Kelly. A Research Symposium is to be held on 12/10/2017 at The Niche – Nedlands. The event will showcase healthcare simulation research and facilitate discussions about the direction of research at local and national levels.

For anyone interested in joining WASHA, there is NO COST.

To register for WASHA, please click here.

If you have any questions regarding the Alliance, please email:

WASHA Symposium: call for abstracts

The WASHA Organising Committee is pleased to announce a Call for Abstracts for the inaugural WASHA Simulation Research Symposium. We invite you to submit for consideration an abstract of up to 800 words, as either a long oral presentation or poster, addressing:

  • The research question or hypothesis;
  • Methods to collect and analyse the data;
  • Results;
  • Conclusion, supported by the data presented.

Forma for abstract:

  • Title (up to 20 words)
  • Aims
  • Background
  • Methods
  • Result
  • Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • References (excluded from word count).

If you have a project or presentation that does not fit the above criteria, such as a work in progress, please feel free to liaise with the WASHA committee for possible inclusion in the program. Selected abstracts will be invited to present as either a long oral presentation (15 mins + 5 mins for questions) or poster presentation.

Submit your abstract via email as an attachment in Word or PDF format with the subject ‘Research Symposium Abstract’ to the WA Simulation Alliance at:

The Research Symposium will include a keynote presentation by Professor Debra Nestel, and conclude with refreshments and opportunity for networking from 1730 – 1900hrs.

Please circulate this notice to colleagues who may be interested.

If you would like to discuss further, please liaise with Alison Kelly 9266 3635 or

Closing date for submissions is Tuesday 29 August 2017.

Contributors: Associate Professor Michelle Kelly, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, and Alison Kelly, Simulation Lead, Faculty of Health Sciences.