High tech training comes to Bingara MPS

November 4, 2014

The Sister Alison Bush AO Mobile Simulation Centre is tracking around the state, delivering education onsite in rural and remote areas and reducing costs associated with travelling to regional centres.

The Sister Alison Bush AO Mobile Simulation Centre
The Sister Alison Bush AO Mobile Simulation Centre

The Bus arrived in Bingara on Monday October 21 and has been utilised by both Warialda and Bingara MPS staff and medical Officers from Both Towns.

The bus was staffed with Educators and Clinical Nurse Consultants from Mehi Cluster and Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital.

The week has been extremely successful with staff making themselves available to attend sessions, enhancing their emergency and communication skills.

Named in memory of inspirational Aboriginal midwife Sister Alison Bush AO, the state-of-the-art education centre on wheels, is changing the way clinical training is delivered in regional and remote areas of New South Wales.

Originally developed and funded as a joint initiative of the Western NSW Local Health District and Sydney Local Health District’s Centre for Education and Workforce Development, it provides a safe environment for rural and remote clinicians to learn how to deal with real-life medical situations.

At an official ceremony in Sydney in August 2012, the centre was formally handed over to HETI. It has since been tracking around the state, providing education to local health districts and delivered training to more than 1,000 rural heath staff at 24 small rural and remote sites, covering approximately 12,000 kilometres in its first year.

Bingara MPSDavid Meek, Elizabeth Kakoschke, Dr Karen Coss, Penny Jones (CNC), Selena Mahoney, Stephanie Rogers and Meg Ross (Educator).

Decorated with colourful art, the 19-metre-long truck and trailer make a distinctive sight along the roads of country NSW. Inside, different sections can be used interchangeably as a ward, emergency department, debriefing or lecture area and control room. The purpose-built semi-trailer is equipped with world-class training equipment including four computerised patient mannequins and virtual reality devices able to simulate most medical scenarios. It employs high-end technology and virtual reality to educate rural clinicians and enhance patient safety and care.

Nurse educators and other professionals from local health districts can use the centre to lead training sessions covering inter-professional scenarios for medical, allied health and nursing staff.