Learning and Teaching with Simulation (online)

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Simulation is a fast-emerging field in health care education. There are now a range of simulation modalities that can be used in contemporary teaching programs, including task trainers, manikins, screen-based simulations, and human simulated patients. With each modality, there are various factors to consider – technology, cost, time, environment, preparation, and support – for running successful simulation-based programs.

Learn how to select the right simulator for your own training and assessment activities. During this 6 week online course, you’ll design, implement, and evaluate a simulation, under the guidance of a team of internationally recognised experts in health care simulation education.

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Who should attend

This course is designed for anyone interested in using simulation as an educational method, particularly health and social care professionals and those involved in their training and education.

Learning objectives

  • Discuss features and limitations of different simulation modalities.
  • Match simulators to educational purpose.
  • Identify specific considerations in using different simulation modalities.
  • Describe adjuncts to learning using diverse simulators (e.g. settings and technology).
  • Demonstrate effective use of simulators to develop psychomotor skills for clinical procedures.
  • Demonstrate effective use of simulators to develop holistic clinical practice.

Accelerate your qualification

Eligible participants who complete the assessed version of this short course can receive 6 credit points towards the M4008 Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation.

Learn more at our Health Professions Education and Simulation courses page.


Course Director

Professor Debra Nestel


Professor of Healthcare Simulation in Education

Prof Nestel 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 Prof Nestel 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.

Prof Nestel is passionate about research and writing; she 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.

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Dr Ramesh (Ram) Mark Nataraja

BSc (Hons), MBBS (London), GCCS (Hons), FRCSEd (Paeds.Surg), GDipSurgEd, FFSTEd, FRACS(Paeds)

Director of Surgical Simulation

Ram is a dual-trained (UK & Australia) General Paediatric Surgeon working at Monash Children’s Hospital. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics at Monash University and coordinates paediatric simulation-based educational activities at MCH in his role as the Director of Surgical Simulation and Co-Chair of the Simulation Service. He has been a pioneer in both minimally invasive surgery in children and surgical simulation for many years having designed the first validated paediatric surgical bench trainer model in 2002 at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. He has an educational and clinical research background with 47 peer reviewed publications, 65 international conference presentations, 2 textbooks published by Wiley-Blackwell and 8 book chapters. He is also passionate about educational reform in Low- and Middle-Income countries having been the Monash Children’s Hospital International country lead for Myanmar, successful conducting a simulation-based medical education programme for the last 4 years with his local in country colleagues. This work also has led as temporary advisor to the World Health Organisation, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

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