October 21, 2021By Lance Baily

Australasian Simulation Congress – November 9-11, 2021

Hosted by Simulation Australasia (SimAust), the national body for those working in simulation in Australasia, the 2021 Australasian Simulation Congress will take place virtually from November 9 to November 11. The event will bring together the SimHealth, SimTecT, and Serious Games streams, and there will be opportunities for a number of joint sessions of mutual interest. This year will explore the theme of “Simulation – Navigating Uncertain Futures,” meant to reflect today’s uncertain times marked by massive global changes, rapidly moving the healthcare industry into unprecedented and unknown directions.

The event will begin on day one with a welcome address, followed by a keynote address by Senator Jim Molan. The topic of the keynote address is “The Need to Look Ahead – Navigating a Future of Uncertain National Security.” Following this address, there will be time for morning tea and networking. During this time, “action stations” will feature clinical simulation “rising stars” and virtual exhibition booths open.

Next, there will be a panel discussion on “Exploring Equity and Diversity in Simulation,” followed by a presentation by John Bates on “Uncertain Times and Natural Hazards Research.” Before lunch and more networking, Heide Lukosch will present “From simulation to applied games – engaging decision support tools.” Following lunch, there will be another panel discussion regarding simulated patients, a presentation on the capacity building for digital earth, and the use of VR for emergency services training.


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Day two of the Australasian Simulation Congress will kick off with a keynote address from Catherine Bennet on “The Need to Look Ahead – Navigating a Future of Uncertain Public Health.” Throughout the rest of the day, there will be a sponsored panel discussion, student roundtable, paper presentations, added action stations, and several engaging presentations.

Notably, a plenary workshop on interprofessional undergraduate simulation (at scale) in the health professions will be presented by Christie Van Diggele toward the end of the second day. The last session of the day features the presentation “Enroads Climate Change Simulation Game” by Marijke de Wijse.

On day three, Kaja Antlej will provide another plenary address, focusing on meaningful gamified Extended Reality (EX) experiences for astronauts on long-duration space missions. After, there will be an Australian Defence Stream Briefing with WGCDR Mick Tully (Airforce) and CMDR Richard Austin (Navy). Later in the day, another Australian Defence Stream Briefing will host COL Joshua Gillman and COL Stuart Cree. The remainder of the event includes lunch, networking, startup pitches, virtual exhibit booths, and a closing address. Click here to register for the Australasian Simulation Congress 2021

*Program is subject to change without notice


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2021 Australasian Simulation Congress Masterclasses

This year, Australasian Simulation Congress will offer two paid masterclasses within the conference period. Participants must register for the conference to be able to register for the masterclasses.

Masterclass 1: On Wednesday, 10 November 10 from 2:15 PM to 6:15 PM AEDT, Jawahar Bhalla will present a Masterclass titled “Systems Thinking, Modelling, and Simulation – Foundational Pillars helping us navigate through these uncertain times.” The last 24 months (since the last ASC) have been perhaps the most uncertain of times on a global scale in living human memory. Population growth in conjunction with technological advances driving ever-increasing socio-technical interconnectivity has all but depleted the buffers of time and space that our planet provided.

We are seeing the emergent effects of this exceedance through the overwhelming intersection of three global crises – Global Pollution, Climate Change, and the Pandemic. There is a growing need to focus not just on symptoms, but on underlying patterns, architectures, and root causes; to understand mental models that drive these and thereby mitigate the dangers from unintended consequences and turn crises into opportunities. Systems Thinking, Modelling and Simulation are critical competencies that will be foundational in helping us understand and deal with complexity and to navigate a safe and secure path through these uncertain times.

This Masterclass will provide an overview of systems principles, modeling, and simulation concepts that underpin the understanding of systems, broadly structured into three parts. The first will focus on catalyzing an understanding of foundational systems, modeling and simulation principles and concepts, using an exploratory “three-perspectives” approach, starting with the “why” (motivation for), shifting then to the “what” (definitional aspects) and following up with the ”how” (explanation and application).

The second will introduce and examine the Cynefin framework as an aid in understanding systems, behaviors, and in decision making in terms of five domains – Obvious, Complicated, Complex, Chaotic, and Disorder – that help identify and understand systems or situations and make sense of our own or others’ behaviors. The framework draws on research from system theory, complexity theory, network theory, and learning theory. The third will then contextualize the systems, modeling, and simulation concepts outlined above in real-world examples to demonstrate the nature, relevance, and power of these concepts, including a significant allocation of time to interactive feedback, discussion, and Q&A.



Masterclass 2: On Thursday, November 11 from 1 PM to 5 PM AEDT, Stephen Guinea, Elyssebeth Leigh and Jawahar Bhalla will present the Masterclass titled “Debrief/After Action Review – Evaluating and Improving Training Outcomes.” This Masterclass covers the approaches and methods for evaluating and improving the performance of trainees and the conduct of training. It will cover the fundaments of Debrief/After Action Review and be applicable to all training domains. Key considerations will be the required process and example tools, and how we configure simulations to enable debrief data capture.

Extracting and abstracting the right data out of the captured database is fundamental to providing the appropriate feedback. While After Action Review refers to something done at the end there are also opportunities for debriefing during the training. Coverage will include key Debrief concepts in terms of definitions, purpose, planning, preparing, conduct, and following up after the session. It will discuss key problems and opportunities typically encountered during a debrief and provide techniques to deal with these effectively and efficiently. The Masterclass will provide not only an introduction but case studies/ lessons learned from key practitioners in the field.

More About Simulation Australasia

Simulation Australasia brings together industry professionals, government, and those interested in Simulation to allow for discussion and distribution of information through events and collaboration. The organization promotes the advancement of research, development, and use of clinical simulation technologies and practices in society, industry, academia, and government.

Simulation Australasia’s mission is to connect Australasia’s modeling and simulation network; empower cross‐industry research and collaboration, develop the profession through review and dissemination of standards of practice for accreditation and certification; and provision of trusted sector information. The organization aims to provide members a platform across Australasia, to further advance the research, development, and use of simulation technologies.

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