Inaugural Simulation Conference

16 and 17 August 2018 hosted at Northern Centre for Health Education and Research (NCHER), Epping, Melbourne

Alliance, Innovation, Inquiry

The Inaugural VSA Simulation Conference will be our key event for the year for all those working in simulation education within health services, vocational and higher education and of course the new areas associated with community and social services.

This 2 day conference will focus on guest speaker presentations from experts in simulation-based education; several interactive simulation workshops; as well as providing a forum for collaboration, networking and sharing of ideas.


The VSA would like to thank the following organisations for their kind sponsorship of this event.
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Abstract prize sponsor

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Plenary speakers

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Dr Cameron Knott

Intensive Care Physician, Austin Health & Bendigo Health
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Tanya Edlington

Director, The Conversation Clinic
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Associate Professor Stuart Marshall

Anaesthetist, Patient Safety Researcher and Educator
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Dr Lauren Sanders

Stroke Neurologist, St Vincent's Hospital & University of Melbourne

Six exciting conference workshops on offer!

Fundamentals of running simulation programs: from planning to execution (Abstract 19)

Facilitator: Tess Vawser and Tom Hallahan

Organisation: Epworth HealthCare Victoria

Audience: All those working in simulation

The target audience for this interactive workshop is novice participants involved to planning and executing simulation programs - optimal experience level would be 0-2 years’ experience in simulation education.  

The workshop will provide participants with a variety of templates and hands - on practice in planning and facilitating simulation programs specific to their environment.

At the completion of this workshop it is intended that the participants will have:

  • Been exposed to and developed an understanding of the range of policies and processes required to facilitate a simulation program
  • Been exposed to a variety of templates that can be adapted to various settings
  • Developed policies or processes specific to their individual program requirements
  • Designed and implemented a simulation scenario. 

TAG Team Patient Safety: Enhancing patient safety by building students’ confidence and resilience

Facilitator: Associate Professor Stephen Guinea

Organisation: Australian Catholic University

Audience: All those working in simulation

TAG TEAM Patient Safety Simulation (TTPSS) is a simulation methodology developed specifically to engage large student groups, is independent of specialist simulation learning environments, and is informed by educational theory.

This simulation approach provides opportunities for students to actively engage in and critically reflect on practice-based situations where safe and quality patient care has the potential to be compromised and to develop skills, strategies and resilience that will prepare them to manage similar situations in practice.

The Challenging Debrief (Abstract 18)

Facilitator: Tess Vawser and Tom Hallahan

Organisation: Epworth HealthCare Victoria

Audience: All those working in simulation

Debriefing is an integral component of simulation. Not only does it facilitate open discussion in a safe environment, but it also allows analysis of the participants’ actions and allows the learner to reflect and make meaning of what occurred during the simulation. As debriefers, we aim to create safe challenging learning environments for the participants but sometimes find ourselves in challenging debriefing situations ourselves.

This workshop will explore common debriefing challenges, and provide an opportunity for participants to practice, with instructive feedback. Workshop objectives Reflect and discuss challenging debriefing situations Develop an understanding of contributing factors to a difficult situation Identify some techniques to address challenging debriefing situations Practice debriefing in a simulated environment.

Simulation in mental health education: critical considerations for getting started

Facilitator: Louise Alexander

Organisation: Australian Catholic University

Audience: All those working in health and community services

Teaching mental health conditions and interactions can be difficult using traditional didactic methods.  Simulated patients can provide a unique and engaging learning opportunity in teaching mental health interviewing skills, therapeutic interaction and presentation of symptoms.
This workshop will provide guidance on developing mental health simulation with simulated patients, that align to your particular learning outcome needs. 


An Introduction to Case Studies, Role-Play and Simulation in the Health and Community Services

Facilitator: A/Prof Debra Kiegaldie

Organisation: Victorian Simulation Alliance, Holmesglen Institute & Healthscope Australia

Audience: All those new to simulation in health and community services

Simulation as a teaching method is well established in the healthcare sector but is relatively new in community services. A simulation can start as a simple written case study to reflect a problem situation from life or be a role-play where learners can take on their own role or that of another person similar to real life. An immersive simulation is a scenario that includes a manikin or trained simulated participant (either a client, family member or professional worker). 

Regardless of the type, all simulations evoke aspects of the real world in an interactive fashion where there are high levels of engagement on the part of the learner.

This introductory workshop will provide you with the opportunity to increase your knowledge of the scope of simulation methods that can be used within health, community and social services teaching.

Moulage in Healthcare Simulation and Medical Terminology

Facilitator: Tom Hallahan and Tess Vawser

Organisation: Victorian Simulation Alliance & Epworth Hospital

Audience: All those working in simulation

Realism in simulation is something highly sought after by simulation educators to ensure engagement of learners and the fidelity of scenarios. This workshop will introduce you to simple and cost-effective techniques of moulage as applied to healthcare simulations.
It will provide you with many useful ‘tips and tricks’ and introduce you to commonly used medical terms that may be unfamiliar to non-clinical staff.

All Workshops are included in the program registration

Registrations for individual workshops will be open each morning on Day 1 and Day 2 of the conference. Places will be limited, so be sure to register upon arrival.

Register now to avoid disappointment! 

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