HETI Australia Shares Comprehensive 'Simulation Based Education' Report

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Simulation Champion Kirrian Steer wrote in this weekend to share a recent Report entitled produced by Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) and Health Workforce Australia entitled “Simulation Based Education: Professional Entry Student Education and Training”. This 40 page report details the benefits, applications and reasons behind simulation which finishes with a showcase of multiple simulation sites already successfully integrating the technology and methodology. I highly recommend you read, download, and share this report and learn more about HETI today!

About HETI:

HETI supports and promotes coordinated education and training across NSW Health. We work to ensure that world-class education and training resources are available to support the full range of roles across the public health system including patient care, administration and support services. HETI’s mission is to pursue excellence in health education and training and workforce capability to improve the health of patients and the working lives of NSW Health staff.

HETI undertakes work in the following areas through programs, courses and initiatives:

  • Medical
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Allied Health
  • Rural and Remote
  • Leadership
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Online Learning
  • Simulation
  • Statewide Programs

About the Report:


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This report highlights the key reasons to use simulation in student education and training and explores the most effective use of simulation in student curricula. It is intended to be a useful resource for simulation professionals wanting to optimise their work with students and to people involved in designing and delivering student curricula to identify new areas where simulation can be used to enhance education and training.

A variety of sources were used to inform the report, including:

  • An evidence review facilitated by the Sax Institute for HETI titled ‘Simulated Learning Technologies in Undergraduate Curricula: An Evidence Check Review for HETI’ (The Review)
  • The HETI Simulation Priorities Report Reference Group
  • Consultations with simulation providers across NSW
  • HETI’s Simulation Priorities and Operational Plan 2014-2015.
  • HETI’s report on the ‘Education and Training Requirements for Simulation Professionals in NSW – Priorities identified from a survey of simulation professionals’ (2014 in press).

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HETI’s Summary of key findings:

  • Simulation is currently most often used in student education to:
    • support learning of commonly performed skills and procedures
    • manage acutely ill (and deteriorating) patients
    • orientate students to practices on clinical placements and for entry to registered practice • assess skills
  • The application of simulation based education varies considerably between professions and educational institutions.
  • Simulation includes a wide variety of educational techniques that are used throughout health education and training.
  • Why use simulation in student education?
    • There are many reasons to use simulation in student education including ethical imperatives, the potential to help address training system capacity issues and changes in the health system.
    • Simulation leads to clinical skills acquisition and retention when ongoing practice is offered and these skills are able to be transferred to clinical settings. There is moderate evidence which shows simulation can lead to learning faster when compared with other methods and that it is effective when used in conjunction with other methods.
    • There is moderate evidence that patient safety, knowledge, attitudes and skills are improved or enhanced by a range of simulation modalities when integrated in curricula for medicine, nursing, pharmacy and dentistry.
  • What is the most effective way to use simulation in student education and training?
    Simulation in student education should be used to:

    • Address core graduate outcomes
    • Support the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) standards
    • There are several factors that those involved in student education should consider including:
      • the best environment for simulation based education
      • the most suitable modalities, tools and resources
      • program design
      • organisational considerations

Download the full Simulation Based Education Report off the HETI Simulation website today!


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