June 11, 2019By Lance Baily

Australia’s NHET-Sim Program Offers International Simulation Champions Online Courses for Next to Nothing!

The National Health Education and Training in Simulation Program, aka NHET-Sim, is Australia’s nationwide training program for healthcare professionals and their educators aimed at improving clinical training capacity. NHET-Sim is designed for anyone who currently or intends to use simulation as an educational method to support the development of healthcare students and professionals. The program consists of online modules and in person workshops on simulation-based education and has been developed and reviewed by leaders in the simulation field across Australia and internationally. How wonderful that a government body supports Medical Simulation enough to provide nationwide training support programs to clinicians across the country through multiple resources, including international online resources for educators from anywhere in the World! Let’s take a closer look at NHET-Sim today!

NHET-Sim is currently lead by Professor Debra Nestel, PhD, FSSH, is Professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare, Monash University, and Professor of Surgical Education, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, Australia. Debra is Editor in Chief of Advances in Simulation, the research journal of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM). NHET-Sim is housed by Monash University Australia. The Monash project team also includes A/Prof Margaret Bearman (Deputy Programme Lead) and Jennifer Harlim (Research Fellow), is run by a Steering Group of 13 professionals from across the country, alongside an executive group of 8 others.

The NHET-Sim Program is designed for individuals from all professions across Australia who currently or intend to use simulation as an educational method with students or health/social care professionals. The NHET-Sim e-learning modules are comprised of 2 core modules and 12 elective modules. NHET-Sim provides entry level learning experiences for individuals new to simulation-based education. The modules have been renewed in October 2018. Participants who complete the NHET-Sim Program may receive credits for entry to Graduate Certificate level Programs.

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For those with experience in simulation-based education, NHET-Sim provides an opportunity to reflect on existing and future simulation practices. The NHET-Sim Program consists of ~40 hours of learning activities designed to be completed over three months. The aim of the NHET-Sim Program is to support individuals in using simulation as an educational method for health and social care students and professionals to help improve clinical training capacity.

Rebecca Marley, Clinical Skills and Simulation Co-ordinator of the Manning Clinical School at University of Newcastle Taree shared with us that “NHET-Sim has done in eight weeks what I had been trying to achieve over the last several years. Yes, you read it correctly- 8 weeks! NHET-Sim has created a new community, inter-ward and inter-hospital conversations and provided a common language for us. It has supported our university-health service collaboration and given us a tool to use to enhance education of local health professionals.” 

Numerous on-site NHET-Sim courses take place throughout the year across the country of Australia, so check out the website for region specific opportunities coming up in an area nearest you.

But there is still great news for clinical simulation educators outside the country of Australia looking for online learning!

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Online Support for International Simulation Educators

The NHET-Sim program is pleased to offer the e-learning modules to our colleagues outside of Australia. NHET-Sim has had over 6,000 registrants and is recognized as a flagship faculty development program in Australia for anyone who uses simulation as an educational method for healthcare. The program covers diverse topics in simulation and is relevant for educators and technicians. Each of the 14 e-learning modules are designed to take about 3 hours although there are supplementary activities and resources that could take much longer to work through. We indicate core activities in each module. The cost is AUD$120, inclusive of all modules and offers access for 3 months. On completion of each module you can download a Statement of Completion certificate. Discounts are available for registrations from institutions.

Core Modules:

  • Simulation-based education: Contemporary issues for the health professions
  • Being a simulation educator


  • Being a simulation technician
  • Simulator fundamentals
  • Technology-based simulators and simulations
  • Delivering technology-based simulations
  • Simulated patient methodology
  • Patient focused simulation
  • Virtual environments
  • Simulation learning environments: Program management
  • Debriefing in simulation
  • Developing scenarios
  • Teaching with task trainers
  • Simulation based interprofessional education (IPE)

Learn more on the NHET-Sim Website Today!

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