Explanatory Statement for Virtual Simulated Patient Research Participants

ASSH are 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.

The information you provide in this questionnaire will be used to inform the development of a PhD thesis for which ethical approval has been obtained (Project Number CF12/3958 - 2012001891) from Monash University Human Ethics Committee. The questionnaire should only take 15 minutes, and your responses are completely anonymous.

For the purpose of this questionnaire NTS are defined as “the cognitive, social and personal resource skills that complement technical skills and contribute to safe and efficient task performance” (Flin, O'Connor, & Crichton, 2008). This includes skills such as teamwork, communication,  situational awareness,  leadership,  decision making,  task management and coping with stress and fatigue.

If you have any questions about the questionnaire or the study, please email Monica Peddle: mrgor1@student.monash.edu

Further details regarding the study are available in the Participant Information Statement which is attached to this post. We appreciate your time in completing this survey.  

Please click here to complete the survey. 

HWA Project – Establishing a National Network of Simulation Learning Programs (SLPs)

HWA contracted ASSH to complete the project called the Establishing a National Network of Simulation Learning Programs (SLPs). The purpose of this project was to promote inter-professional collaboration and resource sharing within Australia’s health workforce. Currently there is no national database of information relating to Simulated Learning Environments (SLEs) and their programs. The activities of this project were to identify as many SLEs as possible, establish a point of contact for each SLE, and to obtain a survey response on behalf of the SLE. The survey collected information on contact details and other relevant information to be included in the yet to be established online Simulation in Health Directory:

The project commenced in January 2012 and concluded on June 17th 2012.

DoHa Non-Technical Skills Project

Non-Technical Skills Project for the Department of Health and Ageing

From July 1 2008 to April 30 2009, ASSH conducted an educational project on behalf of the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. The project addressed utilisation of simulation in medical specialist training programs in respect to training non-technical skills (NTS), such as communication, teamwork and professional behaviours.

The key components of the project were as follows:

  • ASSH provided project management for the whole project
  • ASSH hosted two one-day seminars for 50 people in Melbourne
  • A consultancy team was subcontracted to undertake a consultancy involving three or four medical specialist colleges as key stakeholders
  • Three training providers were subcontracted to each develop and run a two day training course.

Download the final report to DoHa V1.0 here.