Centres of Excellence in Simulation Based Education and Training

Melbourne North Clinical Training Network Simulation Learning Environment Project

Aims of the project

The project aims include:

  • establish formal partnerships between healthcare and education providers within the Melbourne North Clinical Training Network (MNCTN)
  • draw together collective expertise and physical resources in simulation based education and training (SBET) to maximize efficiency and capacity to provide a quality simulation-based learning service
  • expand and increase access to SBET, including mobile and virtual simulation solutions.

Project outcomes

The project has enabled a number of key outcomes in the MNCTN including:

  • Development of identified Centres of Excellence enabling effective collaboration and productive partnerships across industry and academia to support integration, implementation and evaluation of quality SBET.
  • The increased capacity of the staffing profile to facilitate a variety of SBET approaches
  • Distribution of existing and new resources to maximise access to quality SBET including a central library of simulation resources, simulation spaces and expert facilitators
  • A flexible, Virtual Simulated Patient Resource (VSPR) aimed at developing non-technical skills of undergraduate health professionals www.vspr.net.au

The project enabled adequate resources in relation to simulation resources, spaces and expertise. Further phases of the project will be aimed at sustainability and evaluation. This includes robust agreements and procedures to govern the use of the simulation resources, cost recovery models and processes, sourcing external funding, ongoing marketing and facilitation of workshops. A robust evaluation research program is also being developed to include ongoing evaluation of resources, programs and utilization of the SBET resources in the MNCTN.

Further information

For further information regarding the project or accessing any resources please contact the project coordinator.

Further details can be obtained from the centre coordinators:


Contact details

St Vincents


Northern Hospital


Austin Health


La Trobe University VSPR project


A generic guide to accessing the resources within the MNCTN SLE project can be found by clicking on the links below.

  • Loan Agreement
  • Cost Model

Health Workforce Australia

This project was made possible due to funding made available by Health Workforce Australia and the Department of Health Victoria.

Project Partners

  • St Vincent's Health (Project Lead)
  • La Trobe University, School of Nursing and Midwifery.
  • Austin Health
  • Northern Health
  • RMIT University, School of Nursing
  • Mercy Hospital for Women
  • Australian Catholic University, School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • St Vincent's and Mercy Private Hospitals