Healthy partnership for clinical training

August 5, 2013

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Student health professionals will soon benefit from a new partnership between Murdoch University and St John of God Murdoch Hospital.

The Australian Government, through Health Workforce Australia (HWA), has generously provided over $620,000 to develop new learning activities using simulation techniques designed to expand students' practical skills through high quality clinical training.

Dr Max Sully, from the School of Health Professions at Murdoch University, said the collaboration would enhance the quality of the nursing and health related degree programs on offer, and make graduates more 'job-ready'.

"Developing closer ties with St John of God Murdoch Hospital opens up a range of new opportunities for the University. It will also allow us to research and further develop our use of simulation learning in the training of nurses and other health professionals," he said.

"Simulation learning allows us to influence the applied learning experience for the student. We can simulate critical care scenarios, which a student on placement may only rarely be exposed to."

Director of Workforce Leanne Merchant, from St John of God Murdoch Hospital, said the hands-on training will not only enhance students' clinical placement experience, but develop the attributes that are required for the nursing profession.

"This will consolidate the students' technical ability, as well develop their team work and communication skills," she said.

"It will also give them an understanding of employers' expectations to ease their transition into the industry."

The project will build on the existing simulation resources already available at St John of God Murdoch Hospital and Murdoch University. These include the MURTEC training facility at St John of God and facilities at the University's South Street and Peel campuses.

Five new staff will be appointed, including two academic specialists in simulated learning. These experts will assist in developing the simulation resources and capacity at both institutions and will conduct research into the most effective use of simulation learning.

This project was possible due to funding made available by Health Workforce Australia.

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