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HNE Simulation Centre

The HNE Simulation Centre delivers training to several thousand healthcare professionals each year and is one of the longest running simulation centres in Australia.

Our 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 to find out more about the HNE Simulation Centre.

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Our vision

Safer health care through training and research excellence in the field of simulation.

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.

Who we are

Established in 2002, the HNE Simulation Centre is one of the longest running centres in Australia.  The centre underwent a major refurbishment in 2013 and is a state of the art facility with the latest equipment and a replica emergency department/ward/intensive care unit and operating theatre.

View the HNE Simulation Centre overview

The HNE Simulation Centre is a world class inter professional, multi disciplinary, educational facility that delivers simulation based team training to several thousand participants per year.

The centre is supported by a team of specialist doctors and senior nurses who are certified simulation instructors and are clinically active in the specialty areas of anaesthesia, intensive care (adult, paediatric and neonatal) and emergency medicine. Our faculty are passionate about enhancing patient safety through simulation training and research.

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.

Quality and Safety

The HNE Simulation Centre uses simulation for training, quality improvement and research in order to enhance patient safety and clinical outcomes.  Simulation is used to test equipment, systems and environments.

Our facility

Our facility is a highly flexible space that incorporates two clinical simulation spaces (emergency department/intensive care unit and an operating theatre) and five flexible areas, including two debriefing rooms suitable for advanced communications training.

The centre is supported by a fully integrated audio-visual system to capture vision, sound, instructor and course details.

Support for simulation

The simulation 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 equipment

Our family of Laerdal newborn, infant, child and adult mannequins includes SimNewB®, SimBaby®, SimJunior®, SimMan®, SimMan3G® and SimMom®.

We also have a family of METI mannequins including PediaSIM ECS, PediaSIM HPS and METI HPS.  The ultra-sophisticated METI HPS is one of only three in NSW, and PediaSIM HPS is one of only two in Australia and New Zealand.  These are the only simulators on the current market able to respond to the administration of real anaesthetic gases, and to provide respiratory gas exchange.

Clinical equipment in our replica operating theatre, ICU/emergency department
and wards includes:

  • piped gases
  • Sonosite M-turbo ultrasound
  • GE Aisys electronic anaesthesia machine
  • fibre-optic and video bronchoscopes
  • video-laryngoscopes
  • defibrillators
  • warming devices
  • infusion pumps
  • ventilators

Other specialised educational equipment includes:

  • Ventriloscope (transmits heart & lung sounds to a realistic stethoscope receiver)
  • iSimulate (a pair of iPads that operate as a patient monitor and instructor controller for mobile use, or use with standardised patients)
  • Smartboards and video-conferencing facilities