Embedding Simulation in Clinical Training in Occupational Therapy
Effect of a simulated clinical practice placement in comparison to a traditional clinical practice placement on student professional behaviours.
Support for this project has been provided by the Australian Government Department of Health. The views expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Department of Health.
The SIMPRAC project was led by Australian Catholic University in collaboration with Deakin University, Curtin University, The University of Newcastle, The University of Sydney, University of South Australia.
Clinical placements are a critical component of the training for health professionals such as occupational therapists. This project was developed in response to the challenges associated with finding sufficient, suitable clinical placements that satisfy program accreditation requirements, in an increasingly competitive clinical placement market.
This project has four aims
To embed simulated learning methods in clinical training across six accredited occupational therapy programs in Australia and substitute 40 hours (one week block) of traditional clinical placement training time with simulated learning methods for the purposes of assessing the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of simulated placement.
To evaluate whether occupational therapy students achieve a statistically equivalent level of competency in placements, where placement time is replaced with simulated learning methods, compared to traditional clinical training placements.
To evaluate whether training using simulated learning methods is able to substitute for 40 hours of clinical placement and therefore potentially decrease the total occupational therapy clinical placement requirements for each student.
To provide each occupational therapy programme with the resources, simulation scenarios, staffing experience, expertise and enthusiasm to enable training using simulated learning methods to be a sustainable clinical teaching approach into the future.
The OT SIMPRAC methodology and resources developed and provided as a part of this project enabled educators of pre-registration health programs to apply the OT SIMPRAC methodology for their own curriculum. The materials and resources developed for OT SIMPRAC were contextualised within a fictitious (simulated) health service called Health Enhance Occupational Therapy. These can be located via the Health Enhance website.
Christine is the National Head of School of Allied Health and Professor of Occupational Therapy at the Australian Catholic University. Christine is an Honorary Research Affiliate at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne as well as at CanCHILD Centre for Childhood Disability Research in Canada. In 2015, Christine became the co-founding director of a new research centre at ACU & the Centre for Disability and Development Research: Diversity across the Lifespan.
Dr Eli Mang Yee Chu
Associate Professor Loretta Sheppard
Associate Professor Elspeth Froude
Elspeth is Discipline Lead in Occupational Therapy and Deputy Head of School of Allied Health (North Sydney) at the Australian Catholic University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Elspeth is responsible for leading the Occupational Therapy program nationally across 3 campuses.
Dr Susan Darzins
Dr Stephen Guinea
Steve is a Senior Lecturer and the Coordinator of Simulation at the Australian Catholic University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Steve’s learning, teaching and research interests include simulation pedagogy, clinical reasoning, situated learning and communities of practice, authentic learning and designing education for culturally and linguistically diverse student nurses. Steve has led and contributed to numerous learning and teaching projects including two Category 1 grants.
Imms, C., Chu, E. M. Y., Guinea, S., Sheppard, L., Froude, S., Carter, R.,... & Symmons, M. (2017). Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of embedded simulation in occupational therapy clinical practice education: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 18(345). View article