Friday, 22 May 2015

Gippsland simulation training open for viewing

Simulation learning facilities are opening their doors to the Gippsland community in May.

Simulated learning facilities for health professionals and students in the Gippsland region will open their doors in May.

Simulation facilities at the Monash University Department of Rural and Indigneous Health (MUDRIH), Latrobe Community Health Service and Latrobe Regional Hospital will conduct open days on 25 and 26 May. The Gippsland Simulation Showcase will welcome service clubs, secondary schools, training providers, Ambulance Victoria and local councils and businesses to demonstrate the advantages ‘simulation’ has to offer more broadly in the community.

“We want to continue the expansion of simulation learning,” Dr Waller said. “These sorts of activities can be adapted for any organisation, whether it is in human resources, occupational health and safety, aged care….the method can be applied widely.”

The powerful learning tool is finding favour with students and health professionals across Gippsland and has recently had its Commonwealth Government funding extended.

Pioneered by Monash School of Rural Health, Extended Gippsland Regional Interprofessional Partnership in Simulation (EGRIPS) has expanded across the region in recent years, seeing a range of services and organisations partner to deliver multiple facilitated clinics for the benefit of students and existing health professionals.

School of Rural Health Senior Lecturer, Dr Susan Waller, who is based at Monash University Department of Rural and Indigenous Health (MUDRIH) in Moe, currently works as project manager on EGRIPS project.

Dr Waller welcomed a recent announcement that EGRIPS would continue to receive funding support until the end of the year and will be collaborating with partners, Ramahyuck, Bass Coast Health, Central Gippsland Health Service, West Gippsland Health Group and Gippsland Lakes Community Health to ensure the sustainability of simulation resources into the future.

The benefits of simulated learning environments are now well documented and Dr Waller said ongoing support from Gippsland’s communities would be critical to seeing the model adopted widely.

“EGRIPS provides a great example of health sector interprofessional collaboration,” she said. “Clinical experiences are created in simulated scenarios to enable students to learn in a ‘safer’ environment, with the benefit of feedback from other students and clinicians who observe the activity.”

Dr Waller explained that EGIPS was an extended version of GRIPS, a program developed by Monash School of Rural Health and delivered for students on placement at Latrobe Community Health Service locations.

Simulated actors play the role of a ‘patient’ portraying presentations based on real-life cases and students or professionals then use a structured, holistic tool to interview those patients and develop collaborative plans for their care, according to Dr Waller.

At the conclusion of the assessment, the actors ‘de-role’ and provide feedback about how they felt during the activity. “The simulated actor is respected as a teacher,” she added. “Some of the most powerful learnings come from the ‘patients’ and they support the development of a reflective health practitioner.”

Other professionals and students are able to observe the interview ‘live’ – as it is conducted in a ‘sim-ready’ consulting room - then provide feedback

Interprofessional workshops are also held regularly at Latrobe Community Health Service, supported by the School of Rural Health. The workshops aim to broaden each student’s understanding of the role of their colleagues and explore ways to how work together within the ‘social model of health’.

 “The value of the community health experience to a person’s quality of life is better understood as students work on case studies together and share their experiences in collaborative activities,” Dr Waller said.

Open day details

Gippsland Simulation Showcase
Latrobe Regional Hospital, Monday 25 May 2015, 9.00am-10.00am and 10.30am-11.30am
Latrobe Community Health Service Moe, Tuesday 26 May 2015, 2.00pm-4:30 pm

For further information contact Dr Susan Waller 0410 505 299

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