HNE Simulation Centre
In 2015 the HNE Simulation Centre celebrated 10 years since conducting its first simulation course. An impressive milestone, the Centre is one of the longest running simulation centres in Australia. Faculty are passionate about enhancing patient safety through simulation training and research and offer a wide range of training addressing clinical and non-clinical challenges, as well as instructor training and development programs. Download the Centre overview.
Upcoming course vacancies
Rescuing the Deteriorating Paediatric Patient - Wednesday 19 October
All medical and nursing staff caring for children are invited to attend the next Rescuing the Deteriorating Paediatric Patient course. Whether you're the ward nurse caring for the child whose condition is deteriorating, the doctor called for assistance, or a member of the Rapid Response Team, this course will help prepare you to manage the types of paediatric emergencies seen in our hospitals. To enrol, contact us on 4921 4268.
Operating Theatre Team Training - Tuesday 15 November
This one day course within the safey of the simulation environment provides theatre staff with an opportunity to participate in and reflect on the management of various challenges and crises encountered in the operating suite. Being an effective team member or leader, and implementing good teamwork, is hard work and we need to practice it. To enrol in our Operating Theatre Team Training course, email us or phone 4921 4268.
Introductory Epidural Analgesia - Wednesday 30 November
Are you a junior doctor who has an interest in anaesthesia or is about to commence in a registrar role? Then you might like to attend our Introductory Epidural Analgesia course on Wednesday 30 November. This half-day course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to safely administer labour epidurals for analgesia. This is a core skill for all anaesthetists and can be the source of some difficulty at the beginning of training, as availability of learning opportunities is unpredictable. Jump-start this process with a comprehensive look at the technical and non-technical aspects of the procedure. To enrol, email us or call 49214268.
Medical Interview Presentation Skills - Monday 12 December
You’ve worked hard to gain the qualifications, skills and experience necessary for your next career move, but how do you actually demonstrate to a prospective employer that you’re the right person for the job? From how you present yourself on paper, to addressing selection criteria and attending an interview, our interactive Medical Interview Presentation Skills course will use small group exercises, simulated interviews and feedback to prepare you for that all important job application. Enrol now by calling us on 49214268.
In the spotlight
Perfecting Patient Care
Since a number of avoidable plane crashes in the 1970s, pilots have undergone Crew Resource Management training to further develop their technical, communication and leadership skills under a range of flying scenarios and crises.
This same kind of education and training also happens in Hunter New England Health at the HNE Simulation Centre. Read more ...
From student to Associate Faculty
Rheily Wood completed an elective placement at the HNE Simulation Centre during the final year of her medical degree and has never looked back.
Now a Senior Resident Medical Officer in Critical Care, Rheily has remained involved in the centre and is our first volunteer instructor to be awarded the title of Associate Faculty. Read Rheily's story ...
Prepared for any emergency
Nursing Unit Manager Christine Smith has first-hand experience of how simulation training translates to practice in a real-life emergency.
Having recently participated in a simulation-based team training course at Tomaree Community Hospital, Christine and her colleague were on a shift together when the training proved its worth. Read more ...
Taking simulation to school
How do you keep 30 energetic eight-year-olds immersed in learning for more than an hour?
Follow the example of Lambton Public School and have one of the children's dads run a hands-on simulation training session in the classroom. Read more ...
Can't Intubate, Can't Oxygenate
Monica is admitted to hospitalfor a routine operation. She is taken to the operating theatre, put to sleep and given medication to paralyse her. The anaesthetist is about to insert the breathing tube through which she will be given oxygen during the operation when he discovers the anatomy inside Monica’s throat is abnormal and he is unable to get the tube into position.
Read how simulation training prepares healthcare staff for recognising and managing such a crisis.
Born to Teach
Dr Sacha Muller-Botti has always loved teaching and has literally been in the right place at the right time to fulfil his teaching aspirations.
In 2008 he was given the chance to become an instructor with the HNE Simulation Centre, which has culminated in becoming a fully qualified instructor with the internationally recognised Institute for Medical Simulation in Boston. Read more ...
Responding to changing health landscape
New medical graduates starting their careers with Hunter New England Health are participating in an innovative simulation-based program designed to better equip them for life on the wards as a junior doctor.
Aptly named Intern Boot Camp, the program typifies the definition of boot camp which is 'a program or situation that helps people become much better at doing something in a short period of time'. Read more ...
The HNE Simulation Centre has been working in collaboration with Kaleidoscope – Children, Young People and Families, to develop a series of YouTube videos that show how the centre provides vital training to the teams who care for your kids.
Check out the clips (cannot be accessed from HNELHD computers):
Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetist (ANZCA) CPD courses
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