The Faculty Simulation Leads committee is pleased to introduce Mrs Kiran Parsons as the simulation lead for the School of Pharmacy.
I am a community pharmacist and a graduate of the School of Pharmacy, Curtin University. My interest in simulation-based learning stems from my time as a pharmacy student. I recall that any learning activity that involved simulation or role-playing seemed to help theory fall into place, enriching my understanding and ability to recall what I had learned in such scenarios.
I have been a placement supervisor in the community pharmacy sector, a visiting placement tutor/examiner and an inter-professional practice placement facilitator in an aged care facility. I have seen first-hand how placements can bring out the best in a student through experiential learning. Whilst we are fortunate to be able to offer placement places to students in every year group, my experience has fuelled my interest in simulation activities as a means to better prepare students for placements.
The School of Pharmacy has a model dispensary and computer dispensing facility, which allows the educator to run simulation activities and simulation-based assessments in highly realistic settings. In recent years, we have been able to offer our students the opportunity to learn through computer programs that simulate the community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and the residential aged-care settings. These programs allow our students to practise a range of skills outside of purely honing their drug knowledge such as communication, patient assessment and accurate recording of drug information.
I am currently involved with integrating simulation into the pharmacy practice stream of our new curriculum across all year levels and in both the Bachelor and Master degree courses.
Contributed by Kiran Parsons Simulation Lead – School of Pharmacy