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February 2019

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Ballarat Health Services intern Andrew Martin, graduate registered nurse Gladys Mumba, intern Candice Dilworth, graduate registered nurse Monique Gagliardi, physiotherapist Hannah Marshall and occupational therapist Lewis Nagle.

Medical, nursing, allied health graduates team up

Medical, nursing and allied health graduates at Ballarat Health got together for orientation week before starting their careers at Ballarat Health Services.

The 83 new graduates took part in a unique program that saw them working as teams on a simulated patient journey.

This is the second year that this innovative approach has been taken.

Nurses and doctors learned – side-by-side – with volunteers who role-played patients on their journey through a healthcare episode.

By working and training together from day one, the graduates developed an understanding of the crucial role of collaboration in providing the best care to patients.

‘Communication between nurses, doctors and allied health is required to promote a culture of safety for all patients and provision of an environment of supportive teamwork,’ said director of clinical training Heather Crook.

‘Through the incorporation of this innovative framework, new practitioners who are beginning their careers at BHS will be supported to develop respectful professional relationships in a safe learning space.

‘These relationships will extend to the clinical environments, empowering strong levels of communication and scaffolding of learning, all resulting in improved outcomes for the patient.’

During the simulated patient journey, participants rotated through a number of skills to gain experience in primary emergency care, communication skills, basic life support, medication management, oxygen therapy and inhaler devices, cannulation and venepuncture, patient-centered care and cultural sensitivity and hand hygiene.