The RCH Simulation Program

  • The RCH Simulation Program-Vision

     The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Simulation Program aims to promote excellence in patient care and safe clinical practice through the delivery of state-of-the-art training, continuing education & exposure to decision-making programs for members of the Melbourne Children’s Campus staff and students across all programs.

    "What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing" Aristotle (384-322BC)

    What is Simulation ?

    "Turning teams of experts into expert teams"

    (Burke and Salas, Quality and Safety 2004)

    Simulation-Based Education provides individuals and interprofessional teams the opportunity to deliberately practice high risk, low frequency events, or procedural tasks within a safe educational environment. Through simulation we can improve health professionals’ skills, strengthen teamwork, integrate and learn from error.

     The delivery of high quality healthcare requires not only highly trained individuals but an effective highly functioning team.  Simulation offers unique and powerful learning opportunities through deliberate practice, participation, and observation. The RCH Simulation Program provides training opportunities for individuals and teams through the imitation of real event and team training focusing on managing human factors to mitigate human error.

    To find out more about Human Factor Training, please click here to access our Human Factor Training eLearn in Learning HERO, for internal staff: Understanding Human Factors: Effective team training to improve patient safety, and and the External Learning Management System via the Education Hub, for external participants; External Human Factors Elearn. In addition you can listen to the podcast from the ABC Health Report here: '  What the healthcare industry can learn from aviation' also available on Learning HERO.

    The basic assumption – Centre for Medical Simulation, Harvard University

    In order to facilitate Simulation-Based Education, it is important that psychologically safe learning environment is set up from the outset. To do this we believe, and support “The Basic Assumption” form the Harvard Centre for Medical Simulation, Harvard University.

    We believe that everyone participating in simulation is:

    •  Intelligent
    •  Well trained 
    • Cares about doing their best
    • And wants to improve

    2024 programs and dates 

    Go to our Programs for full details and instructions on how to register