Message from the ASSH Chair
It is five months into my role as Chair of ASSH and I can report significant changes. Some of the changes are easily embraced and obvious advancement while other changes are harder to appreciate. ASSH continues to find its way within Simulation Australia as a special interest group - Health – alongside other Divisions (Defence; Emergency Management & National Security; Learning & Development/Human Factors; Modeling & Decision Support; Resources & Infrastructure; Transport) The Health Division name reflects internal administrative requirements. Our ASSH identity is alive and well and highly valued.
In thinking about the future it is important to reflect on where we have come from - ASSH seeks to position itself as the national professional association for individuals interested in all facets of healthcare simulation. We remain true to this goal.
In 2013, ASSH members will have an opportunity to:
- Complete an online survey to seek the views of members on the role of ASSH and how it can best serve their needs
- Attend the SimHealth conference in September, which will be co-located with SimTect. The Organising Committee have created an exciting program for us and where possible are enabling learning
- Use and populate the SimNet directory with valuable information for our rapidly growing community
- Attend a series of showcase events for a nominal charge hosted by Simulation Australia. These events seek to leverage benefits from alignment with members from all Divisions of Simulation Australia. This website contains a calendar of scheduled events. We look forward to welcoming you at these events.
Like SimNet, another exciting project funded by Health Workforce Australia addresses the issue of Certification in healthcare simulation. The initial work is being undertaken now.
While ASSH seeks to embed ourselves within the broader and developing processes of Simulation Australia we are facing many challenges. In particular, the structure and role of the ASSH Executive. I’d like to thank the ASSH Executive for their support during this period. It is noteworthy that they find the time to work beyond their own time scarce schedules, not only with ASSH but the wider healthcare simulation community, in particular the many HWA funded projects in all jurisdictions. This year, the Past Chair (Prof Brian Jolly) and Chair Elect (Ms Michelle Kelly) have been working actively to facilitate the transition of ASSH into Simulation Australia’s new processes. I’d also like to acknowledge the excellent work of Mr Peter Hill (Treasurer) and Ms Andrea Coulsell (Project Officer). Finally, I offer thanks to other members of ASSH who also make important contributions to SimHealth and other ASSH led projects.
I am looking forward to the next seven months and to seeing you at SimHealth in September.