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

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

Recruitments for 2017 may be over, but now is the perfect time to consider your preparation for next year’s interview season. Benefit from the valuable advice of senior clinical and human resources staff who will review your written application and interview techniques, and provide insight into how the recruitment process works, and what the interviewer is thinking.  This is a great opportunity to identify gaps in your CV, all with plenty of time to make those changes that will show potential employers you are the one for the job!  Our interactive Medical Interview Presentation Skills  course is suitable not only for RMOs and SRMOs vying for those elusive training positions, but also for registrars and fellows at the end of their training who are looking toward the future.  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 ...


YouTube Project

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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