STUDENTS are set to benefit from recently announced funding for the LaTrobe Rural Health School, who has been awarded close to $900,000 to be used for a Simulated Learning Environment Program, led by the Department of Health in partnership with Health Workforce Australia.
The funding will allow the substantial development of LaTrobe’s simulation facilities including a mobile facility and enable the Clinical Simulation Learning Centre (CSLC) to take a key role in simulation activities with practicing health professionals.
Head of the LaTrobe Rural Health School, Professor Jane Farmer says the grant is intended for the development of LaTrobe’s CSLC at the Albury-Wodonga and Shepparton campuses and will provide increased access to high-quality simulation training and education for clinical staff as well as students in the Hume region.
“This funding announcement is very exciting news for LaTrobe Rural Health School staff and students. Simulation is an important key to producing learning and understanding, will play a big part of the student’s professional life, and is a teaching tool that demonstrably works.
“LaTrobe’s new CSLC at Shepparton and Wodonga campuses will provide a state-of-the-art learning, teaching and research setting for students, faculty and external users pursuing basic and advanced education,” Professor Farmer said.
Director of Shepparton Campus, Dr Liz Lavender said, “From an education perspective, the CSLC will also improve the quality of simulation education provided for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Ultimately, we hope that LaTrobe’s CSLC will, over time, encourage a community of healthcare simulation users for the benefit of all.”