The March 2017 Edition of the ASSH eNews Features:
Vale Dr Patrick
Simulation Congress 2017
5 Minutes with
Vale Dr. Patrick Cregan AM
Dr. Patrick Cregan AM passed away from cancer on 24 January
2017. He will be remembered for his significant role in medical
simulation in this country. In fact, Pat was a part of the
Australian medical simulation community from its beginnings, being
the first person to propose the idea of a local
organisation and subsequently becoming the co-founder of what
was then known as the Australian Medical Simulation Society back in
2000. Pat had a long-standing interest in surgical robotics -
he was the first surgeon in Australia, and the sixth surgeon in the
world, to perform a telesurgical procedure back in 1998. Pat was
also very involved in projects relating to the use of hapto-visual
environments and was an active participant with the eHealth Group
Along with a significant influence within the ASSH
Executive, Pat held many other appointments, including:
Clinical Program Director
of Surgery, Sydney West Area Health Service
Professor of Surgery, University of Western Sydney
Services Taskforce, NSW Dept of Health
Chair of the
Virtual Critical Care Unit (ViCCU) Project
Advisory and Governance Committees, RACS Simulated Surgical
Board of Directors, NSW Cancer Institute and NSW Cancer
Member, NSW Health
Care Advisory Council
ASSH owes a debt of gratitude to Pat for his
interests in simulation, his broad understanding of the healthcare
system and the surgical perspective he brought to the Society's
activities. Our thoughts are with Pat's family, friends and
colleagues at this time.
Australasian Simulation Congress
The 2017 Australasian Simulation Congress will once again bring
together the SimHealth, SimTecT and Serious Games streams, along
with opportunities for a number of joint sessions of mutual
ASC 2017 will explore the theme of People Energising Innovation.
At its heart,
every application of simulation is ultimately about people –
whether it is enabling individuals or teams to achieve peak
performance, or solving problems in infrastructure that will
improve the lives of millions of people. As a simulation community,
we need to ensure we understand the impact of what we do on the
people that interact with, or are affected by, our simulations.
you to share how your simulation-based initiatives
are impacting on how we operate as a simulation community, and the
improved outcomes for the people who make use of your work. We
would like to hear of innovations in your work in simulation, using
simulation in new and innovative ways, or using new tools,
techniques or technologies to extend or improve the impact of
program is set to be packed with opportunities to
inspire your practice and connect you with likeminded individuals.
If you are in the industry sector, have you considered exhibiting?
There are a number of exciting opportunities to stand out from the
crowd – with new sponsorship options such as ‘Women in STEMM’, ‘ASC
in the Arts’ and opportunities to sponsor delegates. For more
information visit www.simulationcongress.com/sponsorship.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Jessica Stokes-Parish with Cyle Sprick, Ingrid Wolfsberger and
Victoria Brazil SimHealth
2017 Organising Committee
ASSH/Simulation Australasia officially
affiliated with SSH for another 3 years at IMSH
Affiliate signing ceremony and International reception
ASSH/Simulation Australasia are affiliated with SSH for another 3
years. From left to right: Christine Park (SSH President), Melanie
Barlow (Chair, ASSH), and Jan Roche (Simulation Australasia Board
Hello from the ASSH Executive Team,
In January, I had the great pleasure and privilege to attend the
International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) 2017 in
Orlando, Florida with 2612 other delegates!
This meeting allows ASSH to liaise with international simulation
societies looking at opportunities for continuous improvement and
for additional benefits for our members.
It was an exceptionally busy meeting with a brief summary of the
meetings below. There will be opportunities going forward for ASSH
members to be part of a number of projects in conjunction with the
ASSH Executive Team. Please let us know what you are interested in!
with SSH Leadership Team
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was established in 2016 with
the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) for ASSH members to
receive the discounted SSH member rates if undertaking the
certification examination process (CHSE, CHSE-A, CHSOS).
ASSH/SimAust does not receive any financial benefits for ASSH
members undertaking the certification process; this is just for the
benefit of our members.
In 2017 the certification examination questions will be under
review via a practice analysis and a member of ASSH will be invited
on the Certification Council to help contextualise the questions to
the Australian simulation environment.
Discussions were had regarding the number of examination sites in
Australia (2) and this is unsustainable due to financial cost of
travelling to an examination site in addition to the examination
fees. Discussions continue with Andrew Spain regarding establishing
an examination site at the ASC this year.
The key topic discussed was regarding the INACSL Fellowship program
being available to ASSH members as an alternative pathway for SSH
Due to geographical distance to the USA, a model would need to be
implemented where a number of ASSH members were trained to lead the
face to face fellowship workshops in Australia.
We were in agreement that a needs assessment was required to
ascertain the level of interest within Australia.
The INACSL Fellowship curriculum is currently under review and the
revised program won’t be ready until sometime in 2018. INASCL would
be interested in having a member of ASSH contribute to the review
of the Fellowship program content to ensure relevant to the
Australian simulation environment.
It was suggested that it would be beneficial then to promote the
Fellowship at the 2017 ASC through flyer distribution, in
preparation for a 2018 launch.
Network of Simulation in Healthcare (GNSH) Meeting
The annual GNSH meeting is to be held 29 June – 1 July 2017 in
The current GNSH major project is the creation of a Tool Kit.
The Tool Kit is to provide assistance to simulation societies, or
individuals within organisations, to demonstrate the value and
benefits of simulation to decision makers.
GNSH have, over the next 3 years, dedicated $344,000 (USD) to the
Outcomes will include:
as a repository and searchable database
Case studies as
Value and ROI
Useful links and
Watch this space!
Chair - Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare (ASSH)
Skills Development Service (CSDS), Qld Health.
Elected to the
ASSH Executive in 2015, Luke is the Simulation Manager of the
CSDS - one of the world’s largest providers of healthcare
simulation. CSDS delivers education and training to Queensland
Health staff and external healthcare providers at the Skills
Development Centre as well as on-site state-wide.
Role: Simulation Manager at the Clinical Skills
area of interest? Developing and delivering
educational programs that combine the best elements of traditional
education, simulation and technology.
holiday destination: Either Byron Bay or Noosa,
both are equally beautiful and only a couple of hours away from my
camping and playing with new technology