Real-life medical scenario simulation shows students different levels of patient care

14 MARCH 2024

Real-life medical scenario simulation shows students different levels of patient care

Nursing, medicine, physiotherapy, OT and medical radiation science students participated in a simulation training day, hosted by Charles Sturt's Three Rivers and the Murrumbidgee Local Health District.

  • Charles Sturt’s Three Rivers Department of Rural Health and Murrumbidgee Local Health District host a simulation training day for 23 students

Enhanced patient care was at the centre of a recent a simulation-enhanced interprofessional education day (Sim-IPE) for Charles Sturt University nursing, medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and medical radiation science students.

Three Rivers Department of Rural Health (DRH) and the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) hosted the event which focused on understanding interdisciplinary roles in patient care for students on a rural health placement in the region.

Clinical simulations of a patient who had fallen in a residential setting and sustained a hip fracture tested the students in numerous scenarios that all relied on a different discipline, such as paramedicine, nursing, physiotherapy, and occupational therapy.

There were seven scenarios involving students acting as primary clinicians with industry professionals as their secondary clinician.

Simulations were run at MLHD’s Clinical Education Training Unit in the Wagga Wagga Base Hospital Health Hub. The content was developed by the MLHD in collaboration with Three Rivers DRH, which is funded under the Australian Government’s Rural Health Training Program. Educators from both organisations facilitated the Sim-IPE and student debriefing sessions.

Lecturer in Rural Health with Three Rivers DRH Ms Kathryn Castelletto said the simulation gives students a good overview during the different stages of patient assessment and care.

“Our aim is for students to explore interprofessional education and learning, broaden their understanding of what other disciplines roles and responsibilities are in patient care and collaborate on patient care,” she said.

“Observing and debriefing on the entire patient journey, from paramedic intervention to outpatient rehabilitation, is an experience not necessarily available on a clinical placement or even as a professional.”

Student learning outcomes from the training include describing the goals and scope of different health disciplines, identifying different points of care, providing examples of collaborative practice between health professionals, demonstrating clinical interaction with patients and/or caregivers and providing examples of how interprofessional learning contributes to competence in health practice.

Media Note:

To arrange interviews with Ms Kathryn Castelletto, contact Nicole Barlow at Charles Sturt Media on 0429 217 026 or

Three Rivers Department of Rural Health (DRH) aims to improve the recruitment and retention of nursing, midwifery, allied health and dentistry professionals in rural and remote Australia. It is led, administered and operated by Charles Sturt University in a consortium partnership with The University of Notre Dame, the University of New South Wales and Western Sydney University. Three Rivers DRH is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program.

Photo caption: (Top, left to right) Lecturer in Rural Health with Three Rivers DRH Ms Rebecca Barry, Lecturer in Rural Health with Three Rivers DRH Ms Natalie Ellis (middle, left to right) MLHD Allied Health Educator Ms Lauren Mewburn, Clinical Education Manager, Clinical Education Training Unit with MLHD Dr Kirrian Steer and (front) Lecturer in Rural Health with Three Rivers DRH Ms Kathryn Castelletto. 

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