The March 2017 Edition of the ASSH eNews Features:

  • Vale Dr Patrick Cregan AM
  • Australasian Simulation Congress 2017
  • ASSH Executive Committee Update
  • 5 Minutes with Luke Wainwright


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 of CSIRO.

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
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Western Sydney
  • Chair, Surgical Services Taskforce, NSW Dept of Health
  • Chair of the Virtual Critical Care Unit (ViCCU) Project
  • Member, Scientific Advisory and Governance Committees, RACS Simulated Surgical Skills
  • Program Member, Board of Directors, NSW Cancer Institute and NSW Cancer Council
  • 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.



2017 Australasian Simulation Congress

International Convention Centre, Sydney
28 – 31 August 2017



KEY DATE: Submission Portal Closes 29 March 2017
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 interest.
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.
We invite 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 simulation.

Visit to submit your content.

The 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
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 Member)


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!
Meeting 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.
Meeting with INACSL

The key topic discussed was regarding the INACSL Fellowship program being available to ASSH members as an alternative pathway for SSH Certification process.
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.


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Global Network of Simulation in Healthcare (GNSH) Meeting

The annual GNSH meeting is to be held 29 June – 1 July 2017 in Munich.

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 project.

Outcomes will include:

  • Dedicated website as a repository and searchable database
  • Case studies as exemplars
  • Value and ROI calculators
  • Decision maker value domains
  • Presentation library
  • Webinar library
  • Useful links and resources

Watch this space!

Melanie Barlow
Chair - Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare (ASSH)



5 Minutes With...

Luke Wainwright

Clinical 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.

Fast Facts

Current Role: Simulation Manager at the Clinical Skills Development Service

Particular area of interest? Developing and delivering educational programs that combine the best elements of traditional education, simulation and technology.

Favourite holiday destination: Either Byron Bay or Noosa, both are equally beautiful and only a couple of hours away from my house.

Hobbies: Running, camping and playing with new technology

Coffee/Tea: Nice cuppa tea.



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