Nationally recognised training program open for health professional educators

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Health professional educators are being encouraged to participate in Monash University’s nationally recognised National Health and Education Training in Simulation (NHET-Sim) program.

The NHET-Sim is a national training program run through Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and is offered free of charge as part of funding provided by Health Workforce Australia until December 2014.

NHET-Sim Project Lead Professor Debra Nestel said since the start of the program over 4,600 participants had registered, with over 2,400 already completing the program.

“The NHET-Sim program is comprised of E-learning and workshops designed for entry level individuals who may use simulation in health professions education,” Professor Nestel said. “It is open to anyone involved in the healthcare industry, including healthcare educators, clinicians, students and simulated patients.”

Professor Nestel said the content of the program had been developed by experts from around Australia and reviewed by national and international experts.

“The program has been designed to build a community of practice and a shared understanding of simulation practices across Australia. We have both national and guest international experts facilitating workshops.

“There is no other program like this in the world, and we are very proud to be delivering a program of this quality in such a flexible manner.”

She said the way the program was designed meant people in remote and rural areas could also access content, ensuring all areas of Australia could embrace the “community of practice”.

“While the workshops are not just held in metropolitan areas, we have ensured that those people attending workshops from rural and remote areas are given grants to attend to ensure we reach our aim of improving patient safety for all healthcare providers.

“The program allows health professionals to acquire and develop skills in more controlled and less risky environments through simulations. The program has provided a focal point for healthcare simulation in Australia and has enabled simulation to become part of the repertoire of educational methods of clinical teachers and many others supporting health professions education.”

Professor Nestel said feedback on the program had been positive, with many participants reporting it was an extremely worthwhile program. “There was a lot of enthusiasm for simulation as a learning tool. Comments have indicated that the NHET-Sim program has created a new community within the healthcare industry.

“It seemed that many educators had been using simulation as a teaching tool, but were unaware of its power or potential. NHET-Sim provides the skills to use simulation purposefully and the language to communicate an area that was relatively unexplored.”

Professor Nestel encouraged those interested in participating in the program to visit the program website or email nhetsim@monash.edu