Message from the ASSH Chair

Message from the ASSH Chair - December 2015

Dear ASSH Members,

As the year draws to a close, it is a good time to stop and reflect on the year that has passed and look to the future ahead.  This year has been an exciting one but also a time of great turbulence in the heath sector across the country. 

We have all been aware of the pressures associated with funding in health and the flow on effect that this often has to those working in clinical education, training, and research. Despite this, the simulation community has been able to continue to forge forward with research and development and this was evident through the excellent local presentations at the SimHealth 2015 conference in Adelaide.  The quality of the local presenters in all categories was excellent and indicative of the fabulous work being undertaken across a range of health related sectors. 

As we look toward 2016, we are continuing to finalise a number of initiatives that we hope will provide greater benefits for ASSH members.  Amongst these are the Australian Certification and Fellowship Program for Simulation Educators, greater access to Technology and Innovation developments through the Technology SIG and a regular update highlighting the excellent work being undertaken in our community.

Organisation for the Australasian Simulation Congress (ASC), which includes SimHealth, is well underway with international speakers confirmed.  The congress is shaping up to be an exciting event with delegates having access to SimHealth, SimTect and the International Simulation and Gaming Association (ISAGA) streams through their registration.  There will also be the opportunities for SimHealth presenters to further develop their papers for consideration in a simulation related publication through Springer Publishing.  Melbourne in September is a great place to be, so plan to enjoy a fantastic congress and the excitement that is Melbourne in AFL grand final week!  Congress dates are September 26-29, 2016.

I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Dylan Campher and Laurea Atkinson who have resigned their positions of Members of Good Standing on the ASSH executive for a combination of changes in work and family commitments.  Both have generously given of their time to assist in furthering the place of simulation in health in Australia and their commitment and contribution has been valued immensely.

On behalf of the ASSH executive and myself, I wish you a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year period and hope that you have some time to spend with family and friends.  I hope you have time to recharge, relax and start to plan for the 2016 year ahead. 

Best Wishes,


Robert O'Brien
Chair - Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare (ASSH)