Message from the ASSH Chair

Message from the ASSH Chair - March 2016

Dear ASSH Member

Welcome to 2016 and what I know is a very busy time for the simulation community as we embark on new academic and clinical years.   This year like many in our lives offers great excitement and potential. 

It was fantastic to see such a strong Australian contingent at IMSH in San Diego in January.  We heard from some excellent speakers and became immersed in a range of workshops and presentations.  From climbing Everest to being immersed in a simulated Mars Space Station in Hawaii, delegates were exposed to simulation in all its possibilities. 

As highlighted in the recent Simulation Australasia eNews I would like to note the recognition of Professor Debra Nestel for her Presidential Citation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) in recognition of her significant contribution to advancing implementation science for simulation supported education across health professions on a global scale, and for her visionary leadership, mentorship, and scholarship in healthcare specific educational research.   This is a great achievement and a lovely recognition of the work undertaken by Debra and an example of our Australian Simulation Community being recognised internationally.  Congratulations!

There are many events for your calendar this year with the highlight being the Australasian Simulation Congress (ASC) in Melbourne, 26-29 September.  SimHealth and SimTect have grown and now sit as conference streams under the ASC.  It is hoped that this renaming of the popular simulation based conferences will add to the international appeal and assist in the continued growth and development.  Abstract submissions close on Wednesday 30 March so make sure you visit and submit so you can share your work with us.

Simulation Australasia and ASSH in 2015 entered into an MOU with SimGHOSTS to assist in benefiting those working in simulation with a technical focus.  More benefits associated with this will be released in the coming weeks.  SimGHOSTS are conducting their annual conference in Melbourne in July at ACU.  This is a great opportunity to hear from those leading technical advances in simulation technology.  For more information visit  If you are interested in being part of the ASSH TECH Special Interest Group (SIG) contact Luke Wainwright through Simulation Australasia. 

As a member of ASSH you have membership to the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).  To activate this contact Bronny Harris, Membership and Events Manager, at Simulation Australasia ( We are working to increase the benefits associated with being an ASSH member.  The ASSH Executive has identified this as being a high priority in the next 12 months.  If you have a great idea about a potential benefit for our members please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best Wishes,


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