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Simulation in China

In April 2017, an invitation was extended by Southern Medical University, Guangzhou Province, China, for a Curtin representative to speak on simulation in midwifery at the Third Midwifery Annual Academic Conference in Shenzhen. Lesley Kuliukas, a lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, took up the invitation.

As the presentation was to a diverse group of midwives, many with limited access to hi-fidelity simulation equipment, the presentation focus was on low-cost simulation. After an overview of the many different uses of simulation in midwifery education, simple ways to increase realism in lab and classroom skills were demonstrated, using inexpensive, easily accessible materials like foam and tubigrip. Examples of how to build props for a variety of midwifery skills and procedures were demonstrated.

The talk was translated on a sentence-by-sentence basis, helping to maintain simplicity and clarity, which appeared to be appreciated by members of the audience (by much nodding of heads). Following the presentation there were many individual requests from participants for patterns to make the props, including much interest from UK midwifery academics.

The visit to China was only 24 hours but it was a memorable and valuable experience.

Contributed by: Lesley Kuliukas, Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine