Clinical skills labs
The UONDRH has well-equipped Clinical Skills Laboratories in both Tamworth and Taree. These labs allow students and health professionals from various disciplines to practise the skills they will use on real patients, while in the safety of a simulated healthcare setting.
The labs are equipped to teach skills such as lumbar puncture, ultrasound, advanced airway management, obstetric and gynaecological procedures, plastering, intravenous cannulation, chest tube insertion and management. Both Tamworth and Taree have experienced staff teaching in this area that have extensive training in simulation, and skills in special effects make-up.
State-of-the-art simulation technology
Our Clinical Skills Laboratories are equipped with computerised manikins, including Laerdal's SimMan 3G, SimMan Essential, SimMum, SimJunior, SimBaby and SimNewB. These manikins can be setup to simulate real patient conditions. Students are taught to monitor physiological changes and make decisions about appropriate interventions for various medical conditions and life-threatening emergencies. Simulation technology has been shown to positively impact patient safety and improve health care quality and outcomes. It provides a safe environment where students can practice decision-making and teamwork in a real-world setting.
Camps and workshops
Students can also participate in week-long camps, workshops and specialist weeks that make use of simulation technology. University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health staff members take the simulation equipment into the field and—often with the help from some actors—challenge the students' knowledge, skills and decision-making ability.