About Us 

Who we are

The Hunter New England (HNE) Simulation Centre is a world class interprofessional, multi-disciplinary, educational facility that delivers simulation-based team training to several thousand participants a year.  The centre is supported by a team of 35 specialist doctors and senior nurses who are certified simulation instructors and clinically active in the specialty areas of anaesthesia, intensive care (adult, paediatric and neonatal) and emergency medicine. The faculty is passionate about enhancing patient safety through simulation training and research. 

About the Centre

Established in 2002, the HNE Simulation Centre is one of the longest running centres in Australia.  The centre underwent a $2.8 million refurbishment in 2013 and is now a state-of-the-art facility with the latest equipment and a replica emergency department ward, operating theatre and intensive care unit.  View the complete HNE Simulation Centre Overview

Our Mission

Our goal is to enhance patient safety and clinical outcomes by integrating innovative clinical training using simulation-based techniques with research that explores individuals, teams and systems.

What we do


We provide simulation-based training that addresses clinical and non-clinical challenges with the overall aim of enhancing patient and staff safety, minimising adverse events, and ensuring fitness to function as part of a team.


We conduct human factors research that aims to improve patient safety, including testing of new processes and equipment prior to implementation into clinical practice. We also research why and how simulation works as a teaching tool to ensure we get the most value from our training resources into the future.

Support for simulation

The centre also provides support for simulation-based training including instructor and faculty development, curriculum development and evaluation, and advice regarding the establishment and running of simulation centres.

Our Vision

Safer health care through training and research excellence using simulation.