I have known Professor Cobie Rudd for about 10 years and have visited ECU on a number of occasions over that time. I was the Melbourne Uni representative on the Collaborative Research Network on inter-professional practice, along with Uni Queensland, and saw first-hand the activities developed through the Simulation Centre at ECU to develop new skills for health professionals – particularly Nurses, Allied Health Professionals and Paramedics.
I have also been impressed with the interactions Professor Rudd and her team have developed with the Joondalup Health campus and Ramsay Health Care.
This has the opportunity of developing new models of care, particularly around patient safety. The Simulation facilities at ECU Joondalup Campus are state-of-the-art and have led to significant practical research outcomes. These have been reported at fora such as the International Health Workforce Collaborative and at Sim Health – the National annual health meeting held by Simulation Australia.
The research staff at ECU are young, collaborative and demonstrate a ‘can do’ attitude which is vital to getting research outcomes in to practice. Their strong clinical links allow them to make that translation link relatively easily and thus make a real difference to patient care and health outcomes.