​Testimonials

A snapshot of feedback from HNE Simulation Centre course participants ….

"HNE Simulation Centre and its staff are an asset to the hospital and the community. I think this is one of the best training centres I have seen, and participated in. The instructors are patient, kind and supportive. They do not make you feel as though you are stupid or incompetent when you don't know something- which is so important!" March 2018, Simulation course participant

“Thank you for the training yesterday. I have struggled with LMA insertion for a long time but now feel much happier with the technique. The opportunity to be stressed without consequence is fantastic. I doubt that it will ever come naturally to be but frequent practice helps quite a bit. I hope I will be able to attend more sim days in the future.” December 2014, RN, Buladelah


"I recently spent a day in the HNE Simulation Centre doing the Obstetric Anaesthesia Crisis Resource Management Course. The next morning there was an emergency GA caesarean just before 8am. By coincidence, three of us from the previous day's sim course all ended up in theatre ten to get this case underway, in the same roles we'd held during simulation. It was a great opportunity to reinforce our skills so soon after a day in the sim centre, especially resource and task management and assignment of roles within the team. Things felt smoother than usual because we'd practised together the day before. It’s funny how often situations do seem to present themselves in real life soon after a day in the sim centre." June 2014, Dr Jennifer Reilly, Anaesthetist

"It is great to refresh critical care skills in a safe environment and to have the education delivered by very experienced clinicians." November 2013, Simulation course participant

"Having knowledge is different to applying...opportunity to go beyond the textbook." April 2013, Simulation course participant

"The staff were supportive, knowledgeable and professional.  Participants felt at ease.  This was an amazing learning experience."  May 2012, Simulation course participant

"This is really excellent training, what I would describe as "essential" for PECC and possibly all PICU staff given the frequency that we rapid tranq. patients. They made complex issues simply to understand and demystified the process. They made us realise that the essential part of a successful outcome in any medical emergency is the ability of the team to communicate effectively and use the resources available - including external expertise to deliver what the patient needs." March 2011, Vince Drinkwater, Nurse Unit Manager, Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit

"As an older consultant physician, it is some time since I was placed in a situation where I was directly involved in a resuscitation.  Before going on long service leave in Nepal, I decided to sign up for a day of practical training in the HNE Simulation Centre and I’m very glad I did so. I not only gained insights in to cutting edge practice but also learnt about team leadership and followership in a very practical and stimulating way.  I was put on the spot, right outside my comfort zone! It also gave me a new appreciation for the skill of my younger colleagues who joined me on the training day and an admiration for HNESSC staff and their carefully thought out learning environment.  I intend now to work further on my own rather deficient skills, fully aware that one never knows what is around the corner. I will be back for more!" April 2011, Dr John Ferguson, Director Infection Prevention

“Congratulations! What a fabulous experience, it was clear that an enormous amount of time, planning and energy went into bringing this course to the humble gastroenterology consumer. It is clear to us that it needs to be part of the core training curriculum for gastro trainees.” May 2009, Simulation-based sedation course for endoscopists participant
(This pilot course was developed to meet objectives delineated by a Tripartite (Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Royal Australian College of Surgeons, Gastroenterological Society of Australia) Sedation Working Group … read more The ANZCA Bulletin, June 2009