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ECU at the forefront of simulated healthcare training

Friday, 27 August 2010

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ECU is investigating the use of simulated learning environments for paramedicine students across Australia.

The national project, entitled 'The Use of Simulated Learning Environments in Paramedicine Curricula', will put the University at the forefront of simulated healthcare education and training in Australia.

Led by ECU's Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Advancement), Professor Cobie Rudd, and funded by Health Workforce Australia, the project will see a team of national and international experts working together examining the validity and application of simulated learning environments in paramedical education.

Professor Rudd says the project will have a key role in building the competence and confidence of students, to ensure they feel better prepared to tackle the challenges they confront in the workplace.

“The project will work towards a national consensus on aspects of paramedic programs that can be delivered via simulated learning, and then assist in the development of a way to implement these programs on a national basis,” said Professor Rudd.

"We will then be able to advise on opportunities for the potential for expansion of simulated learning programs that can meet clinical training objectives, giving students the best learning platform possible to develop their career upon graduation".

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox says the funding is tangible evidence of the strong national reputation of ECU's health programs and expertise in simulated learning environments.

"This project is another example of how we can work across sectors, the nation and globally, to determine how best to prepare students for the 'real world' while also assisting health systems to provide safe, high quality health services," said Professor Cox.

ECU's paramedicine bid was strongly supported by Flinders University, Victoria University, the Australian Catholic University, Charles Sturt University, and University of the Sunshine Coast and also includes representatives from the Australian College of Ambulance Professionals, the College of Paramedics (UK), the Royal Australian Army Medical Corp, University of Tasmania, and the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Educators (US).

Professor Rudd will present a keynote address on Developments in Simulated Learning Environments and Interprofessional Practice at the Australian College of Ambulance Professionals National Conference in Perth on the 15-16 October.

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