Tuesday, 19 April 2011
The ECU Health Simulation Centre has been awarded a contract for the supply of High Fidelity Simulation Training to the Western Australian Department of Health.
The contract will see the ECU Health Simulation Centre deliver a series of high and medium fidelity courses including the Effective Management of Anaesthetic Crises and Advanced and Complex Medical Emergencies courses which will be run in conjunction with the Australia & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine respectively.
Medium and high fidelity simulation activities include the use of actors, ‘trained’ patients and computerised mannequins to provide realistic patient responses to the health professionals’ actions.
ECU Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Health Advancement, Professor Cobie Rudd, said the award of this contract to ECU represents a significant milestone and opportunity for the University to enhance its offerings in postgraduate medicine and simulated learning for the medical profession.
“Not only will anaesthetists, emergency physicians and other health professionals in WA be able to source training at home, but we will have a central role in building a sustainable simulation training workforce on a larger scale”, she said.
The award of this contract will put ECU at the forefront of simulation-based learning within Western Australia, and builds on the University’s reputation as an Australian leader in the field.
In 2010 ECU led three studies funded by Health Workforce Australia into simulated learning that examined the need to train healthcare professionals more efficiently and effectively through the adoption of new and innovative training techniques.
ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, said this State Government contract supports ECU’s focus on providing innovative education and training opportunities that will improve the provision of high-quality health care.
“The benefits of simulated learning in health have greatly enhanced cost effective learning opportunities,” he said.
"It’s about developing competent and confident health professionals centred on enhancing patient safety and more effective delivery of health care.”