June 26, 2014By Lance Baily

First SimGHOSTS Australia Sim Tech Training Meeting A Huge Success!

Wednesday morning in Sippy Downs, Queensland at 7AM AEST (UTC+10), over 105 Simulation Technicians from around the world came together at SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia to engage in two full days of hands-on training, technical community networking and exhibit hall demonstrations from leading medical simulation industry partners. 130 participants came from as far away as Singapore, Canada, as well as of course from all over Australia and New Zealand. Located about an hour north of Brisbane, Australia – the meeting has taken over two years to plan and was primarily organized by SimGHOSTS Founder and Executive Director Lance Baily, SimGHOSTS Event Director Ryan Eling, and USC School of Nursing and Midwifery Associate Professor Dr. Patrea Anderson. This new opportunity would not have been possible without the amazing efforts of Dr. Patrea Andersen who has been connecting over skype with Lance and Ryan during the past two years to help put together Australia’s first technical training meeting for simulation operators!

SimGHOSTS, aka The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, is a US-based non-profit 501(c)3 organization which began at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas and has since connected thousands of simulation champions froim around the world with annual events, online community resources and professional development support.

This morning’s introduction will begin with a “Welcome to Country” from a local tribe representative, which was followed by introductions to the Vice Chancellor Professor Greg Hill to the University of the Sunshine Coast. Lance Baily then thanked Professor John Bartlett and Head of School Margaret Barns for their support of Simulation Technology operators and SimGHOSTS, before thanking the SimGHOSTS board of directors and six participating vendors.

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Leading industry vendors iSimulate, B-Line Medical, the Clinical Skills Development Service, Laerdal, Limbs & Things, and Scientific Educational Supplies sponsored this first Australian meeting specific for Simulation Technology Specialists. More than 40 courses will be presented over the next two days from SimGHOSTS board members, USC simulation staff, international simulation champions, and vendor technical instructors.

The keynote address is being provided by iSimulate co-founder Anthony Lewis BSc PhD MB BCh FRCA FANZCA who is a specialist in Anesthesia and Retrieval Medicine at St George Hospital and Greater Sydney Area HEMS in Sydney. In this keynote, the audience will learn why and how two medical educators decided to challenge a simulation philosophy that “ever more” technologically advanced manikins are better. Instead, they took the cumbersome technology out of the manikin and placed it into an user-friendly iPad. Started in Australia, iSimulate’s ideas have progressed to become a company whose products are used across the world.  The Opening Ceremonies start at 7:15AM AEST, with the keynote address beginning at 7:50AM AEST. The recorded livestream will be made available in the near future.

The afternoon Clinical Skills Development Service (CSDS) plenary address was provided by Director of Simulation and Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Simulation Dylan Campher.  This presentation explored how the CSDS distributed simulation model works. As a service the program manages partnership agreements with 45 Pocket Simulation Centres scattered throughout Queensland and Northern New South Wales. Over the past 14 years, Dylan has contributed to healthcare as a clinician, educator, program manager and executive. Dylan’s experience in simulation and education includes: operation, delivery, development, assessment and evaluation of simulation and on-line programs. Dylan has presented both nationally and internationally on a diverse range of simulation topics. Dylan is also the co-author of the book – Medical Crisis Management, Improving Performance Under Pressure and is also the lead assessor and co-author of the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Simulation. Learn more about the CSDS plenary session here.

Today B-Line Medical will award prizes for innovation to attending Sim Techs who created “DIY” Videos which showcased projects built to increase realism or efficiency in simulation labs. Projects submitted include pitted edema leg moulage, cyst moulage, magnetic defib pads, teleconference systems, and more.  Sandy Yin of B-Line Medical said of this community event, “Simulation Technicians are the backbone of any program, from troubleshooting simulator equipment to maintaining networks and fielding interesting end user requests. But when sim techs do their jobs well, they’re invisible! We see you, sim techs of the world. We see you even when you’re under a pile of cables, or covered in fake blood!”. You can watch the amazing DIY Video Projects here.

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