The Clinical Simulation Learning Centre (CSLC) provides a range of simulated healthcare situations that can be used in further education for healthcare professionals, and also for student education.
‘Healthcare professionals and students have the opportunity to learn in an immersive, realistic patient environment at La Trobe’s simulation learning centre,’ says the lead of the Health Workforce Australia funded project, Dr Lesley McKarney.
The CSLC offers a wide range of simulations to suit many different areas of practice, including mental and allied health, medicine and social work. Simulations include dealing with a deteriorating intensive care patient, and team-based scenarios such as resuscitation or dealing with an aggressive patient.
‘We try to cater to all types of health professionals, with a real focus on crisis management, interdisciplinary training, problem-solving and delegation within a team. The CSLC aims to adapt to the needs of the community,’ Dr McKarney explains.
The CSLC will also play a role in educating students. While simulation has been used in medical and nursing training for years, it has changed from a largely low-fidelity form of education to extremely sophisticated technology.
‘For years, nursing and medical students used oranges to practice intramuscular injections, which was certainly not ideal,’ says Dr McKarney. ‘Now, thanks to the CSLC, they are able to safely practice on their skills on a mannequin who has human qualities, including speaking, a heart rate, blood pressure, and so on.’
Students are allowed to make mistakes with the simulation equipment and learn from them without compromising patient safety.
Simulation training is also important for enhancing the clinical and teaching skills of clinicians who may in turn be responsible for assessing students.
‘We hope that further simulation training for clinical supervisors will help them feel more confident in assessing students’ technique, so that they might consider incorporating simulation in the student’s clinical placement experience in the future,’ says Dr McKarney.
The Centre operates under the umbrella of the La Trobe Rural Health School, with one centre located at the Albury-Wodonga campus and a second centre at the Shepparton campus. Similar activities are occurring at La Trobe Rural Health School’s Bendigo campus.
All healthcare professionals from the Hume Region are invited to attend the CSLC Open Day at La Trobe University’s Albury-Wodonga campus. Clinicians, educators, managers, community health workers and ambulance officers are all welcome to attend, as well as people who work in the fields of allied health, dental health and mental health.
This project was possible due to funding made available by Health Workforce Australia, an Australian Government initiative.
What? Open Day at the Albury-Wodonga Clinical Simulation Learning Centre
Who’s invited? Hume healthcare professionals in all medical and allied health fields.
When? 1.30pm – 3.30pm, Monday 11 February 2013
Where? Building 6, Health Sciences, La Trobe University, University Drive, Wodonga
RSVP? To Christine Thwaites on 02 6024 9714 or firstname.lastname@example.org, by Monday 4 February 2013
Photo opportunity? The media are invited to attend the Open day
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