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IPL through simulation

The IpAC Program has developed a range of interprofessional learning (IPL) through sequential simulation resources in collaboration with the ECU Health Simulation Centre. The ECU Health Simulation Centre is recognised internationally as a specialist centre in providing human factor, sequential simulation programs using professional actors.

The IPL through sequential simulation resources support the facilitation of IPL tutorials for health students and health professionals. Most simulated learning interactions involve a single interaction between a health professional and a patient. Sequential simulation follows a patient's journey beyond this interaction, through the healthcare system. Each resource consists of two components: audiovisual case studies and a facilitator manual which can support an IPL tutorial. The audiovisual case studies have been developed in collaboration with industry health professionals, are based on real life events and are performed by professional actors.

These resources have been completed under the leadership of Professor Cobie Rudd, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Regional Futures) and Vice-President at Edith Cowan University (ECU), Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching for "Enhancing uptake of learning through simulation in health".

You are welcome to include any of the resources in your teaching and learning materials ensuring that the sources are appropriately acknowledged for the materials, as per the following:

Edith Cowan University 2012, Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Advancement), Interprofessional Learning through Simulation, supported by:

  • Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching, National Teaching Fellowship 2011-12, "Enhancing the uptake of learning through simulation in health";
  • the Interprofessional Ambulatory Care Program, a clinical training initiative supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Increased Clinical Training Capacity (ICTC) Program; and
  • the ECU Health Simulation Centre.

Suggested citation: Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Advancement) from Edith Cowan University (Perth). (2012). Interprofessional Learning through Simulation. <insert resource title [e.g. Discharge planning: the importance of family and team collaboration]>. Retrieved <insert date [e.g. 29 June, 2013]>, from <insert URL [e.g.]>.

These resources may evoke an emotional response in you because of the authenticity of the scenarios.

If you would like to talk about how you’re feeling, having watched any of the scenarios, the following are just some areas of support available to you:

  • student support services within your university;
  • employee assistance programs within your organisation; and
  • independent web sites such as beyondblue for immediate support or more specifically for university students, thedesk which is a free online program aimed at providing Australian tertiary students with strategies and skills for success and wellbeing during their studies.

For further information, visit the beyondblue, or thedesk websites.


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