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Mater Education presents at International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare


Mater Education’s simulation team recently presented two posters at the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare.

Simulation Education Coordinators Alison Michaels and Robyn Dickie each presented Mater Education’s work utilising simulation as a quality and safety tool.

They also highlighted the contribution simulation is making to improving healthcare delivery through education and process testing.

Simulation highlights the need for interprofessional engagement across both clinical and non-clinical teams to appropriately co-create solutions that address quality and safety concerns.

“Simulation is an important methodology that can improve the patient experience by allowing clinical and non-clinical teams to come together to rehearse processes, procedures and technical skills," Simulation Education Coordiator Robyn Dickie said. 

"The conference allowed us to showcase Mater Education’s work to improve our response and recognition of deteriorating patients to an international audience.” 

Robyn's presentation showcased the use of Pop-Up Simulation programs across Mater, to improve the recognition and management of deteriorating adult, paediatric and neonatal patients.

This program has shown that integrating simulation into areas where patient care is provided  can improve the education of our staff and also identify process concerns that may otherwise go unnoticed.

Alison’s presentation, "Fitting a tiny square peg into a big round hole," highlighted the use of simulation to test systems and processes before moving babies into an adult hospital ward.

This poster demonstrated Mater Education’s capability to use simulation to highlight potential threats to safety and consumer experience and ensured that relocating these babies was done in the safest way possible. Using simulation as a tool for quality improvement allows us to ensure optimal healthcare is provided to our patients, regardless of where they are cared for.

The forum was held in Melbourne on 11 and 12 September and was attended by over 1,600 delegates from across 40 countries.