The May-June 2016 Edition of the ASSH eNews Features:

  • Letter from the Chair  Introducing the ASSH Bi-monthly Newsletter
  • New & Noteworthy – SimGHOSTS Collaboration 
  • Upcoming Event – Laerdal SUN
  • SimHealth Update – Australasian Simulation Congress
  • 5 Minutes With – Terri Sullivan
  • Excellent Success – SimulationWeek

Letter from the Chair

Introducing the ASSH Bi-monthly Newsletter

ASSH is continually looking to increase communication with and benefits for our members and the launch of the ASSH eNews is one of these initiatives. We hope to share upcoming events and activities, updates from the Committee, highlight simulation centres and areas of interest and research for our members.

If you have news, events or items of note that you wish to share, please forward them on to
I hope you enjoy reading our first edition and look forward to many more.

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New & Noteworthy

SimGHOSTS Collaboration

The affiliation between Simulation Australasia/Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare with SimGHOSTS continue to develop new resources for the benefit of the global healthcare simulation community. The groundwork is being set for an international collaborative partnership to develop standards for excellence when operating simulation programs.

The collaboration with SimGHOSTS will have great benefits for our members. This successful partnership is already providing rewards through a 50% SimGHOSTS website subscription discount until 1 June. With this access you will gain valuable healthcare simulation resources like global technical discussion groups, online training courses, 200 recorded sessions, document templates, and more. Please click here to join. 

Last year the SimGHOSTS conference was held in Brisbane at the Clinical Skills Development Service and was hailed as a great success. This year they are returning to host their 3rd annual Australia event from Tuesday 5 July until Friday 8 July at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) in Melbourne, Victoria. This specialised hands-on training event is a unique combination of community and vendor lead courses in the multiple skillsets necessary for being effective in operating a simulation program including manikin programming, hardware repair, IT Networking, A/V system design, moulage and more!

Click here to visit the SimGHOSTS Australia 2016 page to learn more! 

Date: Tuesday 5 July – Friday 8 July 2016
Venue: Australian Catholic University
Cost: Prices begin at $595

To register your attendance, please click here



Upcoming Event

Laerdal SUN

The Laerdal Simulation User Network (SUN) Meeting will be held in Sydney from Wednesday 25 May until Friday 27 May, at the Pullman Hyde Park Hotel. International keynote speakers include Assistant Professor Jodie Orm sharing her expertise in undergraduate nursing simulation and Dr David Grant Director of Bristol’s Paediatric Simulation Centre. The meeting will host two days of educational and interactive workshops, sharing best practices with industry leaders. Pre-conference workshops will be held on Wednesday 25 May on the following streams:

  • Simulation Technology
  • Debriefing Boot Camp
  • Simulation Education Solutions for Nursing

Date: Wednesday 25 May – Friday 27 May 2016
Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm
Venue: Pullman Hyde Park Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Cost: Prices begin at $149

To register your attendance, please click here



SimHealth Update

Australasian Simulation Congress

The SimHealth Committee is well underway in planning for the 2016 Congress. This years Committee is comprised of the following team members:Julian Van Djik (Convenor), Jessica Stokes-Parish (Co-Convenor), Robert O’Brien (Scientific Convenor). The Committee is supported by: Cyle Sprick, Ingrid Wolfsberger, Cameron Knott, Rod Peadon and Margaret Bearman.

At the end of April, the Committees across all ASC streams met to develop the initial program and build seamless integration between the streams. There were a total of 230 submissions made to the Congress, with 140 being submitted into SimHealth – a record for the SimHealth team. Submissions overall were made from 19 countries. 

Keep an eye out for further information on the congress and ways to connect.

Dates: Monday 26 September – Thursday 29 September 2016 
Time: 8.30am – 5.00pm (Social Functions are in the Evening)
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cost: Prices begin at $110

To register your attendance, please click here



5 Minutes With...

Terri Sullivan

One of our newly-elected committee members, Terri is a Lecturer at CQ University, based in Cairns, Queensland. Terri has a wealth of experience in health education and clinical practice.

Education: DPH&TM; BHlthSc.(Nurs); GCCritCare; MAdvNursPrac; GCEd(TT); GCResMthds, RN. 

Current Role: Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, CQUniversity, Cairns Campus.

Particular area of Interest: Clinical Toxicology, Emergency Response Management, Curriculum Development and Simulation Pedagogies. 

Favourite Holiday Destination: That’s a difficult question because I like so many for different reasons. I’d say India, Nepal and Africa are probably the highest on my list.

Hobbies: Triathlon (training leaves very little time for anything else)! Bushwalking and Travel.

Coffee/Tea: Good quality coffee before midday and strong tea or Indian chai in the afternoon.



Excellent Success


During the week of Monday 2 May – Sunday 8 May 2016, we celebrated our simulation community. All over Australia centres held open days, special workshops and events to highlight the way we use simulation in our everyday. Did you host something? Tell us about it! Visit to see what happened and learn how to submit in 2017. 


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