Message from the ASSH Chair

Message from the ASSH Chair - June 2015

Dear ASSH Members,

With 2015 passing by at such a rapid rate, I wanted to take a moment to provide ASSH members a quick update. In 2015, we celebrate the 20th year of Simulation Australasia Conferences. This marks two decades showcasing the best modelling and simulation technologies, methodologies and research across Australasia. This 20th anniversary will allow us to celebrate the significant growth of the industry across Australasia.

Nominations for 2015 Awards
Simulation Australasia presents awards to recognise important contributions to simulation in Australia and New Zealand across all industries. Nominations are now being accepted for the Simulation Australasia 2015 Awards. The awards will be presented at the Simulation Australasia Annual Awards Dinner to be held on Wednesday 19 August 2015 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia. There are three (3) awards open for nominations.

Please click here to download the nomination forms, for further information about each individual award, and selection criteria. Completed nominations must be received at the Simulation Australasia office prior to 1800 Central Standard time on Friday 17 July 2015.

SimHealth 2015 Conference
Registrations for this year’s pre and post conference master classes are filling fast, so I encourage you to register so that you don't miss out! This year we are excited to introduce Sim Fringe, an new stream which will allow delegates and vendors the opportunity to tap into their more creative side. Sim Fringe activities include Speed Networking, a social media Photo Competition and Fringe 30.

Fringe 30 is a 30-minute segment outside of formal SimHealth conference sessions that covers themes of innovation in training, technology and other creative elements of simulation. We invite you to showcase your talent in whatever form (eg: demonstration, video, PowerPoint) in a 10 minute time-slot (8 minutes to present, 2 minutes for questions). Please submit a short paragraph describing your proposed presentation (including a title), with your name and institution to prior to 30 June 2015 for a chance to be included in this fantastic new event! Follow us Facebook or Twitter #SimHealth2015 for more information.

Simulation Week
Due to the overwhelming success of Simulation Week, SimAust will be publishing simulation stories on an ongoing basis – Please send through any videos, photos and innovative stories throughout the year to

Research Volunteers Needed
Monica Peddle is conducting research on the current state of teaching and learning non-technical skills (NTS) or human factors in entry to practice  (undergraduate, graduate entry) health professional education (Nursing, Midwifery, Medicine, Paramedicine, Allied Health) and invite all members to complete an online questionnaire.
Ethical approval has been obtained (Project Number CF12/3958 - 2012001891) from Monash University Human Ethics Committee.
Please click here for further details regarding the study and to complete the survey.
If you have any questions about the questionnaire or the study, please email Monica Peddle:

ASSH Executive
Each month in the ASSH Chair’s Message I would like to shine the spotlight on one of the ASSH Executive Members who have been elected by the membership.  This month I would like to introduce Melanie Barlow and I asked Melanie the following questions:

Where do you work?
o I am the Education Programs Manager with Mater Education in South Brisbane. My role provides governance of all the structured education programs across our seven hospitals and management of the simulation centre MEPIC: Mater Education Practice Improvement Centre.

What motivated you to become part of the ASSH committee?
o I am humbled to have been voted to the ASSH Executive Committee by the ASSH members and very keen to work on behalf of the members to advance healthcare simulation in Australia. Being a part of ASSH and attendance to SimHealth has added incredible value to my work through networking opportunities and has opened my eyes to the amazing simulation activities that are being undertaken on a daily basis by clinicians and educators across Australia. The added bonus of ASSH membership is the dual membership with the Society for Simulation in America, which I have found provides a much wider forum to seek peer and expert opinions.

Why do you love simulation?
o I love simulation because, not only do we get to assist front line clinicians gain and improve knowledge, skills and attitudes as individuals and interprofessional teams, we are now using simulation to help identify latent system issues. Simulation is improving the systems and processes that support our clinical staff; helping to provide safer and more efficient patient care. What’s not to love about sim!

I would like to remind members that we are always happy to receive communications, ideas and feedback via the chair email address

Kind regards,


Chair - Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare (ASSH)