simulation in health

Simulation Australasia promotes the use of Simulation within Healthcare for teaching and learning, recruitment, planning Healthcare facilities and professional development. We connect industry specialists, government bodies and educators for the purpose of advancing simulation practices within the Healthcare industry.

Our healthcare specialist community is the Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare.


To promote simulation education, training and research to enhance the safety and quality in healthcare. To represent a cross-section of the Australasian healthcare community who share simulation as a common interest, including healthcare professionals, academics, industry groups and policy makers. To foster international simulation health alliances and affiliations for the health specialist community of Simulation Australasia.


  • To develop standards of practice regarding the key applications of health simulation including education, research and patient care.
  • To foster a network of professionals working within the simulation field.
  • To advocate for continued development and availability of simulation-based modalities for key applications including education, research and patient care.
  • To form affiliations with societies and groups having common goals in relation to simulation and safety and quality in healthcare.
  • To promote the professional development of individuals working in the simulation field.
  • To advise on legislation related to the use of simulation in healthcare.
  • To be recognised as the representative of these healthcare groups within Australasia.


  • Conferences, seminars and workshops, sponsoring student scholarships.
  • Contributing to the development of Australasian and international standards of simulation.
  • Liaising with international Healthcare simulation organisations.
  • Advising federal and state government regarding the use of simulation in healthcare.
  • Encouraging research.
  • Information dissemination via newsletters and the website.


Simulated Patient Special Interest Group

Simulated Patient Special Interest Group aims to provide support and learning opportunities for simulation specialists and simulation patience working in the health care education space.

Paediatric and Neonatal Special Interest Group

Paediatric and Neonatal SIG aims to provide learning and networking opportunities to those working with simulation in the paediatric and neonatal areas.

Rural Specal Interest Group

Rural SIG aims to promote simulation education, training and research to enhance the safety and quality of healthcare to our rural and regional communities in Australia.

Technology Special Interest Groups

Technology SIG will use information gathered from simulation providers across Australasia to push the boundaries of what is technologically possible with a goal of enhancing the way simulation is used in the broader community.


International Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).


The QualSim Framework is the emerging standard for Australian Healthcare simulation programs and centers.
Developed in consultation with industry, adherence ensures high-quality training environments for healthcare professionals. Find out more about QualSim(  Download the final report to DoHa V1.0 here

January 2012 – June 17th 2012.  ASSH lead the Simulation Australasia HWA contract 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. 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.

July 1 2008 – April 30 2009 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:

  • Project management
  • Two one-day seminars for 50 people in Melbourne


Kellie Britt – Chair of ASSH

Membership Portfolio

Is a Lecturer in Medical Education: Simulation & Clinical Skills at Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, Victoria. Her career aspiration is to uphold an excellent and memorable teaching experience for all learners from a variety of industry and to promote all aspects of simulation based education in local, national and international forums.

Belinda Judd

Education and Research Portfolio

Is a Lecturer in Work Integrated Learning, Faculty of Medicine and Health University of Sydney. She is driven to further explore the educational outcomes of simulation in healthcare through research and is involved in the strategic oversight and development of simulation-based education programs for undergraduate and graduate entry master’s health science students.

Pauletta Irwin

Education and Research Portfolio

Is a Nursing Lecturer and Simulated Learning Environment Coordinator at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle. Her focus is on the learning experiences of students to improve learning outcomes and ultimately translating this to improvements in healthcare practice outcomes. Particular interests in virtual environments and inter-professional learning.

Kelly Squires

Kelly Squires is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics with the University Of Newcastle Department Of Rural Health (UONDRH). She works predominately with dietetic students in their final year of the program. Since beginning her role with the UONDRH, she has developed a passion in preparing students for the transition from the classroom to the clinical environment. This interest led her to commence a PhD investigating the use of simulation embedded into Dietetic placements on the readiness and confidence of students.

Tayne Ryall

Events Portfolio

Is a Physiotherapy Clinical Educator Canberra Health Services, ACT. Her research focuses on the impact that classroom-based simulation training and assessment has on work integrated learning of physiotherapy students in their Neurological curricula. She is interested in low-cost alternatives to simulated patients.

Di Dennis

Membership Portfolio

Is a Physiotherapist and the Co-Lead Simulation; Senior Lecturer Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. Her special interest in human factors, psychological safety and inter-professional healthcare education.

Terri Sullivan

Quality & Standards Portfolio

Experienced Nursing Educator/Simulation specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the Health and Education industry

Peter Radonyi

Quality & Standards Portfolio

Is an Electronic Warfare Engineer: Contractor to KBR Joint Electronic Warfare Operations Support Unit (JEWOSU) Defence Offices, Russel Canberra. His work has included systems engineering specifying requirements for major simulation platforms for flight simulators and he also has an interest in Pharmacy and therefore Simulation in Healthcare.