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October 2019

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Simulation program focuses on real-life clinical responses.

Simulation program to educate staff at The Women’s

The Royal Women’s Hospital will be home to a new, in-situ simulation education initiative.

The project is thanks to a $1.6 million grant from Gandel Philanthropy and an $800,000 grant from the Melbourne Medical School at the University of Melbourne.

Over four years, the funding – along with significant in-kind contribution from The Women’s – will fund a state-of-the-art program that focuses on real-life clinical complexity, the patient journey and clinician responses.

It will enable health professionals from across The Women’s to train and gain experience dealing with life-threatening emergencies and challenging clinical situations involving women and babies, before encountering them in real life.

The Gandel Simulation Education Service takes its inspiration from current world leaders in simulation in Australia, Israel, North America and the United Kingdom.

The program will have links across the Parkville medical and university precinct and include collaborations with world-leading partners.

‘The Women’s has a long-standing relationship with Gandel Philanthropy,’ said The Women’s Chief Executive Officer Sue Matthews.

‘Our hospital benefited from a generous gift in 2007 allowing us to establish a world-class radiology and ultrasound service, The Pauline Gandel Women’s Imaging Centre.

‘This new grant will enable us to set up a state-of-the-art program to train and educate hundreds of staff, improving clinical outcomes and reducing risks for women and babies,’ Dr Matthews said.

‘This initiative will help one of Melbourne’s most loved and trusted public hospitals join other global healthcare leaders by adopting a world-class clinical education and training program,’ said Gandel Philanthropy CEO Vedran Drakulic.

‘It means The Women’s will be able to attract and retain the best and brightest and provide outstanding, contemporary care for all women and babies who come through their doors.

‘The principal beneficiaries of this program will be staff, through better training, and patients, through better care and health outcomes.’

The Gandel Simulation Education Service has been developed by the Royal Women’s Hospital’s Rebecca Szabo, an obstetrician gynaecologist and medical educator and academic at The University of Melbourne.

Dr Szabo will lead the implementation.