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Sharing our expertise in simulation with healthcare organisations far and wide


As experts in simulation, teams here at Mater Education travel far and wide, training external organisations to improve healthcare delivery and build staff capability.

In 2020, Mater Education’s simulation development team travelled to Bega, in the deep south of New South Wales, to train key staff from the Southern New South Wales Local Health District (SNSWLHD) in simulation development, delivery and debriefing. 

The SNSWLHD provides a range of health services covering a large area from Goulburn and Crookwell in the north to the Victorian border and surrounds the ACT on three sides.

Specifically, SNSWLHD is designing a simulation program to support the delivery of care for their Close Observation Unit and enlisted the help of Mater Education to deliver a bespoke simulation faculty development program over four days, to 16 members. The training was effective in demonstrating practical application of simulation in a healthcare setting, sharing learning theories and principles to construct, conduct and review simulation activities and, applying framework and principles of debriefing post-simulation. 

Mater’s Clinical Simulation Director and Senior Staff Specialist, Dr Sarah Janssens, was involved, using her vast experience to help tailor a program based on the needs of SNSWLHD.  

“It is absolutely our goal to be able to share our experience and knowledge with another healthcare organisation, therefore upskilling healthcare staff in the local area, and providing better patient outcomes. It was an honour to train SNSWLHD staff, and we’re proud to see Mater making a difference both in and outside of Queensland.”

Pictured: Dr Sarah JanssensStephanie Barwick, Sue Vidgen and Dr Kaycee Hocking with participants.