ECU hosts a fully functioning, world-class healthcare simulation centre at the Joondalup Campus. The ECU Health Simulation Centre and training facilities have been developed to address the current and future inter-professional learning needs of the health and related workforces.
The ECU Health Simulation Centre offers the capacity for all levels of fidelity in simulation training, and is equipped with a broad range of simulation manikin and task trainers.
At the Centre, trained actors and volunteers play the roles of patients and relatives, medical practitioners, nurses, allied health professionals, hospital staff and visitors to simulate some of the real-life situations that healthcare professionals may encounter. The Centre also provides the opportunity for hands-on practice for students and the healthcare workforce to learn and master skills in a variety of simulated healthcare settings.
There are three self-contained simulation suites which adjoin a clinical competency development and assessment area of seven simulation demonstration wards with 56 beds that meet Australian healthcare standards.
Each simulation suite has full recording and interactive audio-visual facilities with their own debriefing rooms and observation areas. Simulation suites can be configured to different settings, such as an operating theatre, emergency department, consulting room, birthing suite, intensive care, mock ward, home environment, mental health interview area or community health service. One of the suites has been developed to replicate a GP/Practice Nurses or Nurse Practitioner's consultation room.
Supporting the Health Simulation Centre are nursing, medical, paramedic and psychology academic and technical staff. Many have undertaken considerable training in the field, for example, through the Harvard University Centre for Medical Simulation or applying mock injuries. The ECU Health Simulation Centre will also assist with the implementation of State and National safety and quality frameworks.
In 2009, ECU launched a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Simulation Facilitation and currently delivers a range of short courses and facilitator programs in simulation for healthcare providers.
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.
In 2011, ECU commenced offering a range of high and medium fidelity simulation training courses on behalf of the Western Australian Department of Health.