National Health Education and Training in Simulation (NHET-Sim)

National Health Education and Training in Simulation (NHET-Sim)

The NHET-Sim Programme is designed for individuals from all professions across Australia who currently or intend to use healthcare simulation as an educational method with students or health professionals.

NHET-Sim is comprised of thirteen modules with e-learning and workshops.

NHET-Sim provides entry level learning experiences for individuals new to simulation-based education. For those with experience in simulation-based education, NHET-Sim provides an opportunity to reflect on existing and future simulation practices.

The NHET-Sim Programme consists of ~33 hours of learning activities over three months.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define key terms used in simulation-based education (SBE) (e.g. simulation, immersion, realism, safety, engagement etc).
  • Discuss drivers for SBE.
  • Describe various types of simulation modalities.
  • Explain key components of SBE (e.g. scenario development, briefing for learning, feedback strategies, support mechanisms for participants, evaluation).
  • Debate the benefits of teaching and learning with simulation.
  • Debate the limitations of teaching and learning with simulation.
  • Access publicly available resources on SBE.
  • Outline theories that inform SBE.
  • Outline the responsibilities of a simulation educator.
  • Review and demonstrate the preparation phase of the simulation cycle.
  • Review and demonstrate the briefing phase of the simulation cycle.
  • Review and demonstrate the debriefing and feedback phase of the simulation cycle.

The NHET-Sim programme is accredited with the following colleges:

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA)

The College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (CICM)

The National Health Education and Training in Simulation (NHET-Sim) course is accredited with Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) for the equivalent of 6 hours for full day workshops, 3 hours for half day workshops and 3 hours per online modules ACEM CPD hours. Participants can and should update the stated number of hours to reflect their individual activity.

The National Health Education and Training in Simulation (NHET-Sim) course is an Australian College of Midwives (ACM) CPD Recognised Activity. The entire NHET-Sim Programme is accredited with ACM for a total of 72 CPD hours (if you complete all the modules and workshops). For a full breakdown, please see below:
CPD Recognised hours:
12 hrs for Core Modules (C1 & C2)
3 hrs for Electives that are delivered via e-learning
6 hrs for Modules that include a combination of e-learning and workshop
Up to 72 hrs (if all core and electives were completed)

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine accreditation

The National Health Education and Training in Simulation (NHET-Sim) Programme is an Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM). CPD Recognised Activity with the following CPD points allocated: C2 face-to-face workshop (6 hrs): 12 PRPD (Practice Reflective Professional Development) points. All e-learning modules and half-day face-to-face workshops: 6 PRPD points.

Australian College of Nursing

This program is endorsed by ACN according to our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Endorsed Course Standards. It has been allocated 66 CPD hours according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – Continuing Professional Development Standard.


This activity has been endorsed by APNA according to approved quality standards criteria. It has been allocated 6 CPD hours for full day workshop, 3 CPD hours for half-day workshop and 3 CPD hours for e-learning modules.

Professor Debra Nestel


Course Director

Professor of Healthcare Simulation in Education

Debra completed her first degree at Monash and has since lived and worked in Hong Kong, London and now back in Melbourne. Debra leads a national programme in simulation education (, a network in simulated patient methodology (, and is Editor in Chief of Advances in Simulation (, the journal of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine. Debra leads the new Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation. When Debra is not at Monash, she is busy being a Professor of Surgical Education, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne. In this role, she is Course Director of the Graduate Programs in Surgical Education, co-badged degrees with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. She is also Course Director of Graduate Programs in Surgical Science. Debra is passionate about research and writing has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers in health professions education, published edited books on simulated patient methodology (2015), healthcare simulation (2018) and has two edited books for publication in 2019, on surgical education and healthcare simulation research. She has won many awards and prizes for her work in simulation. Debra is looking forward to working with the MIHCE team.

Associate Professor Margaret Bearman


Deputy Programme Lead

Margaret Bearman, PhD is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE), Deakin University. She is an expert educator with particular interests in simulation, assessment/feedback and research synthesis. Over the course of her career, Margaret has designed and conducted rigorous qualitative studies, evaluation research, systematic reviews and randomised trials. She has written over 70 publications and co-edited book on simulated patient methodology. Her government reports have significantly affected Australian health education policy and practice. Her interest in simulation methodologies spans all health professions and modalities, with experience developing and researching virtual patients, immersive simulations, role-plays and simulated-patient methodology. Margaret has been awarded a range of commendations and prizes for her work as a simulation educator and researcher.

Roles in simulation

    Deputy Director, National Health Education and Training in Simulation
  • Past member, scientific committee and organising committee for SimHealth
  • Supervisor of higher degree by research students investigating simulation

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