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.

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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.

Credit towards M4008 Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation

Accelerate your qualification

If you have completed the 8 NHET-Sim modules (listed below) in 2017 onwards, you may be eligible to apply for credit transfer of 6cp into the M4008 Graduate Certificate of Clinical Simulation.

In addition to the 8 modules, you will also need to meet the admissions requirement for the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation and successfully undertake an additional assessment task (information below).

NHET-Sim modules required

Core Modules

C1 - Simulation - based education: Contemporary issues for health professions 
C2 - Being a simulation educator


S2 - Simulator fundamentals
S3 - Technology - based simulators and simulations
S4 - Delivering technology-based simulations
S6 - Patient focussed simulation
S7 - Virtual environments
S11 - Teaching with task trainers

*Please note, all modules must be successfully completed. Modules completed prior to 2017 will not be considered.

Compulsory additional assessment

Applicants for assessment of NHET-Sim towards the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation are also required to demonstrate reflective practice manifested in writing and based on a simulation activity / event that they have designed and implemented. (1500 words)


There is a fee of $500 (incl GST) for the assessment of the written reflective task payable on application.

How to apply for credit

Step 1
You will need to check your eligibility for the Graduate Certificate. Click here for the entry requirements.

Step 2
Apply for the M4008 Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation. Ensure you select that you are 'applying for credit' in addition, to identifying that you are 'applying for NHET-Sim credit assessment'.

Step 3
Once assessed as eligible for entry into the M4008 Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation, you will be sent a link where you are required to submit your 1500 word required assessment along with the $500 payment fee.

Queries regarding the Graduate Certificate, please contact:


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). 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
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.
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.

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.

Find out more about Prof Debra Nestel.