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Health simulation training begins in WA

Monday, 01 August 2011


  • Health simulation instructors at the ACME course at ECU.

    Health simulation instructors at the ACME training course with ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox (second from right).

Twelve Emergency Department Consultant Physicians commenced the first Advanced and Complex Medical Emergencies Course at Edith Cowan University (ECU) this week.

The participants, Fellows of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, represent a number of hospitals in metropolitan Perth, including:

  • Royal Perth Hospital;
  • Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital;
  • Fremantle Hospital;
  • Joondalup Health Campus;
  • Armadale; and
  • SJOG Murdoch.

This course is part of a program of education and training events being run by ECU’s multi-million dollar Health Simulation Centre under the contract with the Western Australian Department of Health for the supply of high fidelity simulation training.

This week saw a team of interstate expert instructors also delivering a facilitators program to develop the instructor workforce for Western Australia to run the course in the future.

The Advanced and Complex Medical Emergencies (ACME) Course uses learning through simulation to develop key clinical skills and team-based care to deal with cardiovascular instability, and airway and respiratory and complex emergencies.

ECU Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Health Advancement, Professor Cobie Rudd, said the course is designed to stimulate and provoke the most experienced physician practicing emergency medicine who chooses to be challenged.

“This is the first of many courses the ECU Health Simulation Centre will be delivering and we have a waiting list for future programs,” Professor Rudd said.

“We are grateful to the team from St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne and educators from the Australian College of Emergency Medicine who are over for the week and helping build our local pool of experienced instructors.

For more information, read the Media Release or visit the Health Simulation Centre website.

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