Easy access to regular clinical skills training in rural and remote areas of Australia by health professional staff and for students on clinical placement is limited, with many training activities occurring in metropolitan or large regional centres.
The Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health Simulation Program delivered simulation activities across regional South Australia (SA) and south west Victoria (Vic) with a distributive training model that utilises local educators based in health services in country towns.
Registered Nurses (RNs) and Registered Midwives (RMs) already working in the health services were employed as clinical educators to provide regular simulation training activities to health professional staff and students. Educators were based in district hospitals at Mount Gambier, Gawler, Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Whyalla and Ceduna in SA, and Hamilton, Portland and Colac in Vic. Clinical educators and support staff were also located at GGT UDRH offices at Mount Gambier and Warrnambool.
With training adapted to suit the needs of the health disciplines and health services, and tailored to suit competency levels and curriculum requirements, this program was able to provide workshops for differing skill levels and expertise.
Since the commencement of the first simulation workshop in September 2012 and up until end May 2015, 1,043 workshops have been delivered in 57 rural and remote towns to 7,417 professional entry students and health professionals for a total of 15,606 training hours.
This project was possible due to funding made available by the Australian Government.