Simulation learning

Simulation learning plays a large part in clinical skills development. Each of our sites has well-equipped clinical skills labs, staffed by experienced clinicians and simulation lecturers. Teaching aids range from part-task trainers right through to simulated wards with sophisticated life-size mannekins.

See the Mildura and Bendigo skills labs.

Simulated patients

male and female sim patients standing with a skeleton

Long-time sim patients at Churchill, Andrew and Alison.

Simulated patients are an important part of medical teaching and examinations, playing the role of patients. They are generally well trained volunteers who  take on the role of patients for exams and clinical training. Presenting the same role to a student for examination and diagnosis is important for exam consistency.

Sim patients represent a range of ages and are drawn from local communities close to our teaching sites. Each site aims to have a registry of sim patients of all ages who can be called on to fill roles.

Becoming a sim patient

What is involved in becoming a sim patient?

  • Attending a general Simulated Patient Training workshop - 2 hours
  • Having your details on a confidential Simulated Patient registry
  • Depending on the role required, being invited to participate in mid-year or end-of-year medical student examinations - 3 hours
  • Being invited to participate in student teaching sessions requiring simulated patients (variable times)
  • You can choose to have as much or as little involvement as you like!