15 April 2013
Simulation resources for the education and training of health professionals are available at SimNET, a website funded by Health Workforce Australia (HWA) and developed and overseen by ASSH.
The website was officially unveiled at the SimHealth conference in Sydney in September 2012 by Ben Wallace, HWA’s Executive Director of the Clinical Training Reform work group.
SimNET promotes the sharing of resources in simulation education and training by hosting:
The Simulation in Health Directory – a searchable database of training and research simulation facilities and courses;
Resources including generic Position Descriptions, Glossary and useful links; and
News items on SimNET and HWA’s National Health Education and Training in Simulation (or NHET-Sim) training program for simulation educators.
Since the Simulation in Health Directory was launched, ASSH has continually refined the data to remove duplications and verify the details of Simulated Learning Environment Organisations listed in the directory.
The net number of Simulated Learning Environment Organisations listed has increased from 150 at launch to 185 at 11th April 2013. Feedback from the Project Board (senior representatives of major stakeholders) together with intensive liaison with state-based Integrated Regional Clinical Training Networks has been used to check the data.
In October 2012 the SimNET website was extended to allow Organisations to add or update their details directly.
HWA are keen to ensure the SimNET website and Simulation in Health Directory are meeting the communities’ needs, and so ASSH developed a user survey to gauge satisfaction levels.
The survey was conducted eight weeks following the launch of the SimNET website.
Feedback for SimNET has been positive with very good results achieved for layout, format, content and usability of the directory. Overall, 70% of respondents would recommend SimNET to a colleague.