The Clinical Simulation Education Group is a collaboration of centres that provide real-life clinical settings through simulation.

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Clinical education

Who we are

Clinical Education is organised around a group of clinical schools each with purpose-designed training and research facilities. There are five centres within the Group that all work in a collaborative way to service the Joint Medical Program. These are located at:

The Central Coast Clinical School provides students with the unique opportunity to gain clinical experience at Gosford and Wyong Hospitals. The Teaching and Research Unit (TRU) at Gosford Hospital coordinates both Teaching and Research activities and is collaboration between The University of Newcastle and Central Coast Local Health District. The School provides clinical placements to Year 4 and 5 students as well as problem-based learning tutorials to Year 2 students.

Research

Members of the TRU have been successful in attracting a number of grants from $10,000 to $100,000 from the Central Coast Health Research Committee. One of the major projects of the TRU has remained the activity of the Central Coast Vascular Health (3CVH) which aims at describing the health and welfare of residents of retirement villages and collecting information about vascular health risk factors.

About the hospitals

Gosford Hospital

Gosford Hospital is a major level 6 principal referral hospital of 495 beds. It is an affiliated Teaching Hospital of the University of Newcastle and offers the following sub-specialty: acute medical, acute surgical, critical care, women children and family health and mental health. The hospital has a gym, tennis courts, library, childcare centre, parking and staff accommodation.

Wyong Hospital

Wyong Hospital is a busy regional hospital of approximately 300 beds and is a teaching hospital of the University of Newcastle. Wyong is one of the fastest growing areas of NSW and is 30 km north of Gosford. It has a mixture of Emergency, General Medicine, Low Risk Maternity, Aged Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, General Surgery, Mental Health and a High dependency unit. The rapid expansion of the area is stretching the health service and, consequently, Wyong is a very busy hospital.

The Hunter Clinical School is the largest of the five clinical schools of the Joint Medical Program (JMP). It incorporates John Hunter Hospital/Royal Newcastle Centre, John Hunter Children's Hospital, Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital, Belmont District Hospital and the Maitland Hospital. Learning is further enhanced with simulated clinical environments in the Chameleon Clinical Skills Lab. Training in primary care is provided in collaboration with Divisions of General Practice and General Practice Training organisations.

The Hunter Clinical School provides two thirds of the clinical placements for the JMP in Years 4 and 5, as well as clinical learning sessions for students in the first three years of the medical program.

John Hunter Hospital

The John Hunter Hospital is the principal referral centre and a community hospital for Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Northern New South Wales. It is the main teaching hospital of the University of Newcastle. The hospital contains the only trauma centre in New South Wales outside of the Sydney Metropolitan Area, and has the busiest emergency department in the state. John Hunter is the region's largest hospital with 550 adult beds and another 101 paediatric beds in the John Hunter Children's Hospital. The Royal Newcastle Centre opened next to the John Hunter Hospital in April 2006, providing another 144 beds. Patients from the Hunter Region and beyond are referred to John Hunter for treatment in a range of specialities, including Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Orthopaedics (elective and trauma), Cardiology and Cardiac surgery, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Neonatal Intensive Care, Nephrology, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, Respiratory Medicine, and Trauma.

Calvary Mater Hospital

Calvary Mater Newcastle is a 187 bed facility and is the Hunter region's major centre for oncology (cancer) services, haematology, clinical toxicology and research. These services are supported by the intensive care unit, oncology treatment, surgery, general medicine and palliative care. While the hospital provides emergency, general medical and surgical care, it also specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of blood diseases, breast cancer and melanoma. The hospital is also home to the Newcastle Melanoma Unit and Hunter BreastScreen, and has a stroke unit which provides a seamless care approach to stroke treatment and assessment for people of the Hunter.

The Maitland Hospital

The Maitland Hospital is a health facility for the Upper and Lower Hunter regions and serves the cities and towns of Maitland, Cessnock, Kurri Kurri, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Dungog and Raymond Terrace. The hospital provides a comprehensive range of services including medical, rehabilitation, surgical, mental health, dental, renal, maternity and child services, a coronary care/ high dependency unit and a 24-hour emergency department.

Belmont Hospital

Belmont Hospital provides a range inpatient and outpatient health care services to the population of Lake Macquarie. These services include general medicine, general surgery, day surgery, coronary care, gynaecology and a 24-hour emergency department. A range of allied health and diagnostic services are also provided including physiotherapy, social work, dietetics, speech pathology, occupational therapy, pathology and radiology.

MEC - Manning Clinical schoolThe Manning Clinical School is located in Taree on the Mid North Coast of NSW, close to beaches, mountains, and rivers. Students receive excellent teaching from a range of enthusiastic clinicians at Manning Hospital. Low student to staff and student to patient ratios mean that students get personal attention and great opportunities for learning. A new, purpose-built education centre close to the hospital provides state of the art facilities, excellent simulation labs, video conferenced tutorial rooms, lecture theatre, free wifi access, and student lounge area.  Students stay in 2 bedroom apartments within walking distance of the hospital and education centre.

Students can complete year-long placements at Taree in either fourth or fifth year. They can, along with colleagues from the rural clinical schools at Tamworth and Armidale, participate in Trauma Week, Wilderness Week, and Ultrasound Workshop (fifth year.), and WACH camp (fourth year). These intensive specialty weeks offer great learning opportunities. As well, students at Taree have opportunity to participate in community projects, and research, and Taree itself offers a range of sporting, cultural, and leisure activities for students to become involved in.

Tamworth Education CentrePeel Clinical School takes great pride in the support provided to students by a diverse and energetic, academic and clinical network. The School is well furnished with state-of-the-art simulation labs with experienced staff to teach you new clinical skills. Students learn from front line clinicians in medicine, surgery, child and women's health, critical care and anaesthetics, oncology, psychiatry, palliative care and general practice and participate in inter-professional learning activities.  We aim to provide high quality clinical training but also an enjoyable life experience, and to expose our students to the career and lifestyle opportunities available outside of the metropolitan areas. 

The Tamworth Education Centre (TEC) provides 'state-of-the-art' facilities for teaching and learning, including high fidelity simulation and excellent student accommodation facilities adjacent to the education centre and hospital.  

There are a variety of recreation activities in Tamworth, and students can also engage in our community projects.  These aim to provide first hand exposure to community issues, while providing health education and services to our local community, and aspiration to disadvantaged communities.

The Tablelands Clinical School is located in the purpose built Tablelands Education Centre (TEC) in Armidale, NSW. The TEC offers a professional environment with teaching clinics and simulation labs for healthcare students to obtain broader experience in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness. The facility offers a greater range of clinical experiences by allowing students to be exposed to health problems seen by GPs and those referred to the hospital.

It is planned that a further centre based at Maitland will join the Group in the future.

Clinical schoolsWhat we do

The JMP provides real-life clinical experience augmented by simulation exercises to prepare our medical students for a smooth transition to the workforce. A network of simulation educators works across the clinical schools. This network integrates state-of-the-art manikins and simulated patients to provide insight into the complexities of human interactions and patient's clinical problems.

Our network

The University of Newcastle's medical degree program has enjoyed a high degree of respect since its inception over 30 years ago with an emphasis on problem-based learning and patient centred learning. A core principle of the degree program has been the real-world experience gained by students through meaningful and productive links with medical practitioners across the spectrum of clinical settings.

The establishment of the Joint Medical Program (JMP) has further strengthened this principle. The JMP is an expansion of the highly successful University of Newcastle Bachelor of Medicine program in partnership with the University of New England, Hunter New England Health and Central Coast Health. Students now have an even greater choice of learning experiences from practising doctors in metropolitan and rural health care as well as health professionals and tutors in related health and scientific fields.

Our medical students have the benefit of experiencing clinical situations in a safe and motivating environment. Their learning is supported by anatomically authentic, computer-controlled manikins using realistic medical scenarios. Students world-wide value this type of experience as an effective adjunct to more traditional medical learning experiences.

Our Group offers excellence in clinical teaching and learning. The unique partnerships of the JMP facilitate an integrated system via the internet, fostering cross-campus remote teaching and effective communication.

Our technology

The facilities within in the group have an outstanding IT capacity and collaboration. Sharing of these resources create opportunities for students to experience cross-site, real-time shared simulation clinical teaching.