Grant for La Trobe Rural Health School

The La Trobe Rural Health School has been awarded funding for the Simulated Learning Environment (SLE) Program led by the Department of Health in partnership with Health Workforce Australia.

HWAThe aim of this project is two-fold first to establish a Simulation-Based Education Training (SBET) Network in the Hume Region Clinical Placement Network and secondly to provide increased access to high-quality simulation training and education for clinical staff and students in the Hume CPN, particularly those staff located at smaller rural health services, aged care facilities, and community health services without extensive in-house SLE resources, delivery space or in-house expertise.

This grant is intended for the development of La Trobe’s Clinical Simulation Learning Centre (CSLC) at the Albury-Wodonga and Shepparton campuses. It will provide increased access to high-quality simulation training and education for clinical staff and students says Professor Jane Farmer, Head of the La Trobe Rural Health School.

‘This funding announcement is very exciting news for La Trobe Rural Health School staff and students. Simulation is an important key to producing learning and understanding, will play a big part of the student's professional life, and is a teaching tool that demonstrably works.

‘La Trobe’s new CSLC at Shepparton and Wodonga campuses will provide a state-of-the-art learning, teaching, and research setting for students, faculty and external users pursuing basic and advanced education,’ says Professor Farmer.

‘The new equipment and the education program to be developed will enable students, staff and outside clinicians to develop a broad range of vital competencies in a realistic practice environment, and immediately apply skills and concepts that would otherwise become diluted between classroom time and clinical practice.’

The funding will allow the substantial development of La Trobe’s simulation facilities including a mobile facility and enable the CSLC to take a key role in simulation activities with practicing health professionals.

‘From an education perspective, the CSLC will also improve the quality of simulation education provided for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Ultimately, we hope that La Trobe’s CSLC will, over time, encourage a community of healthcare simulation users for the benefit of all,’ says Dr Guin Threlkeld, Director of Health Sciences, Albury-Wodonga Campus.

‘This is valuable for increasing our capacity to support the professional development of practitioners in the region for upgrading our simulation facilities and enhancing the experience of our students in simulated learning.

‘The CSLC is a great resource and its development will see it shared across La Trobe’s campuses and the wider health workforce in the region,’ says Dr Threlkeld.

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Meghan Lodwick

La Trobe University Communications Officer
T:  03 9479 5353 M:  0418 495 941 E: M.Lodwick@latrobe.edu.au