ACU paramedicine students awarded second prize in simulation challenge
Published: Thursday 16th November 2017
The Ferno Australia Paramedic Simulation Challenge (FernoSim) was held at ACU’s Melbourne campus during the 2017 Student Paramedic International Conference. The Conference is organised by Student Paramedics Australasia, and facilitates learning and collaboration between universities through seminars, workshops and demonstrations.
The Challenge is a 15-minute, scenario-based event that tests each team’s ability to manage multiple patients with varying illnesses or injuries in front of a large audience of their peers. It focuses directly on each team’s ability to:
conduct work as a team
gain control of a scene including conducting a thorough scene and hazard assessment
patient and crowd control
zero in on each patient’s illness or injury and manage each condition in a complete, compassionate and efficient manner.
Nine teams from Australia and New Zealand competed in the Challenge: ACU Melbourne (VIC), Victoria University (VIC), Auckland (NZ), Flinders University (SA), Western Sydney (NSW), ACU Canberra (ACT), Edith Cowan (WA), ACU Brisbane and Griffith University (QLD) and Central Queensland University (QLD).
Whilst Auckland took out the Challenge, ACU's Melbourne team (Complex Health Intensive Paramedic Students - CHIPS) came second, and ACU‘s Canberra team came third.
The FernoSim Challenge create a fun, challenging and educational experience for paramedic students. It introduces students to new techniques and technologies that can be used to manage patients of all levels of criticality. It also enables students to share their learning with fellow paramedic students from other universities across Australasia.
CHIPS team captain Douglas Harvey recounted the event:
“The Challenge was intense, and began as soon as we left the elevator on the 6th floor of the Daniel Mannix building, the clock counting down from 15 minutes."
“An actor playing the role of a fire-fighter immediately directed us to the scene of a mass casualty incident. An air conditioning unit had exploded during maintenance, and had resulted in a complex scene with many patients. Immediately we began to triage, and didn't stop working until “time's up!” was yelled and we looked around in a daze."
“If the intensity of the Challenge wasn’t enough, we also had a room full of people watching our every move. We were then ushered off to have our photos taken, plastering smiles on our faces as our minds raced, still in overdrive.”