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Mater Education welcomes inaugural Simulation Fellows

Mater Education appointed its inaugural Simulation Fellows in early 2016—Dr Dominic Ormston (anaesthetics) and Dr Richard Mausling (newborn services).

Designed to strengthen the use of innovative simulation training at Mater, the Simulation Fellowship Program will see Dr Ormston and Dr Mausling complete a graduate certificate in education specialising in simulation through the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions (IHP), courtesy of a new teaching affiliation between Mater Education and MGH IHP, which will allow them to undertake required practical simulation training and assessment at Mater.

“Having it onsite means there is scope to start to integrate simulation training into actual work space, so we can practice scenarios with people who work together in real life,” Dr Ormston said.

Mater Education is also an Affiliate Partner of the internationally renowned Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) in Boston. Through this affiliation, our simulation fellows will undertake CMS training at Mater, and will have the option to  complete a residency program at CMS in Boston.

During their fellowships Dr Ormston plans to work towards developing a series of simulation-based emergency response courses for the anaesthetics department, while Dr Mausling hopes to develop a series of simulation-based training programs for registrars and nurses in the Neonatal Critical Care Unit.

The Simulation Fellowship Program is a joint initiative of Mater Health and Mater Education, funded by Mater Foundation, and is available exclusively to Mater clinicians.

First aid for babies boosts mums’ confidence

Mater Education partnered with Mater Mothers’ Hospitals in 2015 to launch a first aid course specifically for parents with babies.

The hands-on course is designed to equip parents with the knowledge, skills and confidence to care for their baby should they face an emergency. Participants learn to identify, respond to and manage common infant injuries and emergencies including choking, poisoning, burns, bleeding, fractures, allergic reactions and respiratory illnesses. The course also covers resuscitation (CPR) for infants and young children and recognising when to go to hospital or seek emergency assistance.

Demand for the course has seen its frequency increase with more than 1000 participants to date.

World-first simulation

Mater Education hosted a world-first simulation at Mater Private Hospital Springfield in late 2015, to test and evaluate processes prior to the opening of Mater’s newest hospital.

The event involved operating the hospital as a simulated hospital for a 24-hour period, with community volunteers acting as patients within the simulations, which included peri-operative admissions through to discharge, deteriorating patients in post-operative ward and radiology areas, a ‘walk-in’ to reception experiencing chest pain and a transfer of a critically unwell patient to Mater Private Hospital Brisbane, in partnership with Queensland Ambulance Service.

The world-first simulation places Mater at the forefront of patient safety, efficient care delivery, simulation and education.

Partnerships strengthen simulation at Mater

Mater Education hosted the internationally renowned Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) faculty in early 2016, who spent time teaching, visiting our facility and meeting Mater staff.

During their visit, Mater co-facilitated two CMS courses as part of a teaching  affiliation with the CMS, which attracted diverse participants from across Australia: Simulation as a Teaching Tool and CMS Advanced Debriefing.

Not only did Mater staff participate in the prestigious programs, but two Mater Education team members—Melanie Barlow and Pauline Lyon—commenced training to become internationally recognised course facilitators for the Advanced Debriefing Course, meaning they will soon be able to deliver these programs on behalf of CMS and Mater Education.

Melanie and Pauline will become two of only three people within Australia (and 20 worldwide) to complete this training.

The concept of ‘debriefing with good judgment’ strongly aligns with Mater’s goals and expectations whereby clinicians have a robust discussion to determine improvements that can be made to patient care and safety.

“Patients receive better health outcomes as a result of clinicians going through a rigorous process of exploring the decisions they make in a hospital setting and considering ways to improve processes and treatment,” Melanie said.