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Simulation experts conduct emergency training across Queensland

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The Mater Education team has taken two popular simulated training programs on the road over the last month, upskilling over 60 of Mater’s frontline staff and volunteers across Queensland.

The Maternity Emergency Management workshop was delivered to teams in Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton, where participants gained hands-on experience in the management of common obstetric emergencies. Using simulation, staff improved and refreshed on their current practices through the management of clinical cases and structured debriefings.

Deanna Ward, Patient Care Manager, supported the training for her unit in Townsville. “The teams were placed in immersive scenarios, within their own workplace, which provided them with authentic clinical cases and equipment. By doing this, they were able to relate the learnings to their immediate working environment with training that is relevant to them. Having so many of the staff trained together in such a short time frame will support the implementation of these skills into everyday practice and improve patient safety and staff confidence.”

Whilst in Townsville, the team also delivered Embedded Simulated Persons (ESP) training for volunteers. This existing program is currently delivered at the Mater South Brisbane campus, where volunteers are trained to be simulated persons in experiential learning programs. The inaugural training program was delivered to eight volunteers who will work with the Townsville Mater Education Diploma of Nursing students and Organisational Development (OD) team to enhance the real-world experience of students and postgraduate clinicians. 

The delivery of these program across Mater ensures a consistent, high-quality delivery of care to all patients. 

Pictured: Maternity emergency management training in action with Townsville staff.