Simulation: Effective Debriefing

Debriefing is an essential component of simulation-based education. The primary goal of debriefing is to provide learners the opportunity for reflective self-critique to improve knowledge and ultimately patient care.

Participants in this workshop will be provided with a hands on approach to debriefing.  During the workshop, participants will develop an understanding of the importance of debriefing in simulation-based education, the techniques essential for effective debriefing and acquire practical skills in various methodology that will improve clinician learning following simulation both in a formal setting and institute.


Brooke is a Simulation coordinator/ Educator at Epworth HealthCare and also CENA TNP Trauma Nursing Program Instructor. She has an extensive background in Emergency and Trauma Nursing, having been at The Alfred, Victoria for 19 years with in the Emergency and Trauma centre with many years as a specialist educator. She was the CENA TNP national coordinator for 4 years along with her simulation career. Working and training in teams is one of Brooke’s passion along with linking training and simulation to the clinical environment where she still works. Within her portfolio she coordinates Emergency and Intensive Care department simulation sessions, anaesthetic crisis courses and institute simulations. She currently is a CENA TNP Steering Committee member


Samantha is the Director of Simulation at Monash University – Nursing & Midwifery.  She has an extensive background in emergency nursing and is passionate about the education of our future nurses. Samantha developed a keen interest in the use of simulation to bridge the learning gap between theory and clinical practice and believes the use of simulation embedded in nursing education has the positive benefit of developing knowledgeable, skilled and effective healthcare professionals, who provide quality care for patients.


Tess is the Director of Clinical Education and Simulation at Epworth HealthCare. She has an extensive background in the establishment and management of hi fidelity simulation education entres, the mentoring, coordination and training of facilitators and clinical education program development across Victoria. She has been involved in the design and implementation of national and state simulation based training programs along with extensive experience in the development and implementation of team based clinical skills and simulation programs to all health professionals. Tess’s main interest is in the provision of interprofessional learning experiences for all levels of health professionals especially utilising clinical skills and simulation modalities. Tess comes from Critical Care Nursing Background in Peri operative and Emergency Nursing, She is a founding member and current board member of the Victorian Simulation Alliance (VSA), an Executive Committee member of ASSH and has had extensive involvement in Victorian Department of Health’s expert advisory groups across Simulation Based Education and Training, Expanded Settings and Eastern Clinical Training Network committee



Thank you to our key contributors of the workshop Epworth.


Time Critical: Airways and Access

You are receiving a trauma patient post entrapment. The patient has a compromised airway and requires fluids and drugs immediately. Time is CRITICAL!  What are your airway and vascular access options & priorities?

During this 4 hour interactive hands on workshop, you will utilise a worsening clinical scenario to demonstrate the complexity and challenges presented when faced with a patient who has a compromised airway and difficult vascular access.  You will develop your critical thinking skills and discuss innovative techniques, technologies and strategies to optimise outcomes for your critically ill patient in the pre hospital setting.


Leonie has over 25 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, predominantly in the Perioperative environment, where she has worked for the last 7 years as a Clinical Educator. Leonie has extensive knowledge and skills in Anaesthetics and Emergency Management and is committed to facilitating education and  training that equips clinicians to provide optimal patient outcomes.

Marguerita has over 23 years’ experience in the healthcare industry.  Including 10 years as a Clinical Educator in the ICU, Simulation and Acute Care Settings.  Marguerita has strong clinical and theoretical knowledge in Vascular Access and is an advocate for improving patient outcomes through evidence based clinical practice.

Paediatric burn care – evidence based care

Through the duration of the workshop we will cover the spectrum of burn care from injury prevention, pre hospital care, first aid, emergency department roles, referrals, admissions, when to go to theatre, calculations and fluid resuscitation, addressing pain and anxiety, family support. No need to bring anything along – just be open to hearing the latest research into burn care


Bronwyn is a Senior Clinical Research Fellow, managing the Centre for Children’s Burns and Trauma Research QUT based at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane. Bronwyn worked as an emergency nurse, predominantly in paediatrics,  for over 10 years before embarking on her PhD in 2009. Her PhD identified the incidence and characteristics of low speed vehicle run overs in Queensland children. After completing her PhD in 2014, Dr Griffin worked with the Collaborative Emergency Access Research (CLEAR) Group at the Princess Alexandra Hospital Brisbane, addressing the challenges of emergency patient flow using a combination of digital and clinical innovative solutions.

Eventually her path led back to children, commencing as the Clinical Research Manager for the Centre for Children’s Burns and Trauma Research in 2015. Her program of work now integrates the spectrum of paediatric burn and trauma care from injury prevention/public health, first aid, acute care, scar management and psychosocial and cultural influences. Bronwyn’s research has attracted over $600,000 and resulted in over 20 research publications.

In her spare time Bronwyn wrangles three school aged children, whom have had no choice but to grow up with a love the mountains, bush walks, travel, cooking, gardening, reading and daggy dancing.



Clinical Data to Publication

The research workshop will take participants on a journey through the various research language, data collection methods and analysis techniques right up to publication. Using simple practical emergency based examples, participants will learn how to conduct research in their department. Throughout the workshop participants will learn how to collect and analyse the data (Quantitative, Qualitative and Mixed Methods) leading to publication of the results in a peer reviewed journal. This workshop is designed for beginners and early career researcher alike.


Dr Joanne Porter currently works at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare at Federation University Australia, Gippsland campus. Teaching into the undergraduate program , and postgraduate higher Degree supervision. She has worked both in Metropolitan and regional health facilities predominantly in Emergency departments and Intensive care units.

Her research interests include, deteriorating patient outcomes, simulation, and emergency care research. Her PhD through Monash University used a mixed methods approach to investigate the affect family presence during resuscitation (FPDR) had on personnel in the emergency department. Joanne currently holds the position of Senior lecturer and has an extensive research history with a number of publications and competitive grants.


Dr Julia Morphet is a Senior Lecturer at Monash University Nursing and Midwifery, and is the Executive Director of the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA).  Julia completed her PhD examining transition to specialty practice programs in Australian emergency departments.

Julia leads two bodies of research. The first is focused on health workforce, in particular, preparation for practice, simulation in teaching, and management of occupational violence in healthcare. The second program is focused on the patient experience in the emergency department, in particular, patient flow models. She has had more than 40 research papers published and has supervised 19 students to completion of PhD, Masters, and Honours research degrees.









The walking wounded – ED Wound Management

There were 7.7 million presentations to ED in 2016-2017 in Australia. This workshop will look at the prioritisation of wound presentations to assist early diagnosis, management and referral. It will explore the most common wound presentations to enable staff to differentiate between management of acute and chronic wounds. It will examine the rational for dressing selections for the types of wounds presenting to the Emergency Department.


Marianne Cullen has been teaching and managing wounds since 1993 when she attended the very first Wound Foundation of Australia Wound Management series. Since this time she has completed a Graduate Certificate in Wound Management, a Graduate Diploma in Nursing Education and a Master of Nursing.

Marianne is the Clinical Nurse Consultant in Wound Management for the Gippsland region. Her role is a Department of Health Regionally funded role which aims to provide training, education and access to clinical support for District Nursing Services and Public Sector Residential Aged Care Facilities across the Gippsland Region.

Marianne also has her own private practice where she provides Wound Management skills, consultancy and education to regional nurses, doctors and facilities. She is also a sessional lecturer in the Monash University Peninsula undergraduate Nursing program.

Injury management skills (binders, splints, HFNP, eFast, xray)

Join us to hear about the science behind these and other interventions, and get hands on experience in this interactive workshop

Interventions that will be covered are some of those that can be lifesaving in all types of emergency environments: rural, regional, pre-hospital, during transport and in the major trauma centre

We will discuss the purpose of each of the following and learn to use correctly

  • pelvic binder (purpose and correct placement)
  • the CT6 traction splint
  • eFAST
  • chest and pelvis xrays
  • Quikclot
  • highflow nasal cannulae
  • soft (foam) and philadelphia collars

Facilitators: Alex Tzannes, Rochelle Cummins

Rochelle has worked in ED for almost 10 years, 8 of which have been at SGH. For the past 5 years she has worked in the ED educator roles and currently is acting in the CNC role. She works closely with the Trauma service at SGH and have a passion for providing high quality patient care to all patient’s in the ED.

Designing and conducting simulation. Tricks and tips

“Designing and conducting simulation – tricks and tips. It’s not all about the bells and whistle’s, low fidelity or high fidelity….it’s all learning”

Aim: The aim of this workshop is provide some tools , advice and practice for developing and implementing simulation in emergency departments to support the acquisition and rehearsal of skills and knowledge in paediatrics.

Background: The value of clinical simulation has become highly regarded in healthcare education and has been reported to enhance critical thinking, problem solving, clinical judgement and rapid response skills. In addition, evidence suggests that simulation greatly improves communication amongst staff, positively impacting on patient outcomes.

Overview of workshop: The purpose of the workshop is to provide an immersive experience for paediatric clinicians and educators in delivering department based simulation. Using simulation, the participants will be able to follow through a scenario the management and stabilisation of an acutely unwell child. Participants learning will be facilitated through participation and role modelling, and will cover the following components: how to direct, troubleshoot and debrief simulation. The scenario and workshop is applicable to those clinicians involved in the delivery of paediatric education in any setting, particularly those outside the tertiary centres.

Facilitators: Jane Cichero & Nadine Alcorn

Vascular Access in the Critically-Ill Emergency Patient: I need Access NOW!

ICEN - TeleflexJoin us for this fun, hands on, interactive workshop which will further develop your critical thinking skills and competencies with selection and placement of Vascular Access Devices. Innovative techniques, technologies and strategies designed to meet the immediate vascular access needs of the Critically Ill Patient in the Emergency Setting will be presented through case based scenarios. The learning Objectives are:

  • Assessment and selection of the Right Vascular Device for the Right Patient in the Right time
  • Demonstrate assessment and clinical skills with IO insertion
  • Demonstrate upsizing of peripheral cannulas


Facilitators: Marguerita Cirillo (RN, BN, Grad Dip ICU, MN)

Marguerita Cirillo

Non Invasive Ventilation (NIV); Overcoming challenges in the ED

ICEN - TeleflexIt has been cited in literature that ‘NIV is beautiful’, words written by a leading expert in the field of Respiratory Care.  If you haven’t found your love for NIV, please join me to refine your skills and to gain knowledge and confidence.  Taking a hands on approach, this session will  explore techniques and approaches to overcome challenges  when using NIV in the Emergency Department.  Come prepared to share your current practices and experiences, and have a little fun along the way!

Facilitator: Claire Constantine (RN, BN, Grad Dip ICU)

Claire Constantine

Paediatric minor injury management. Skin, teeth, bones and distraction

Designed for clinicians from mixed Emergency Departments and smaller centres, this interactive small group workshop will provide rotations through skills stations including management of minor wounds, musculoskeletal injuries, burns and special senses (eyes/ears/nose/teeth). There will be a focus on integration of distraction and play.                                                                         

The aims of the workshop include:

  1. Develop confidence in managing children and families
  2. Understand the effect of child development on interventions and procedures
  3. Enable participants to assess minor injury and consider informed treatment options
  4. Provide instruction on skills and techniques in the management of minor injuries
  5. Consider resources informing the choice of consumables
  6. Instil confidence to translate and utilise skills within local departments
  7. Provide links and resources to support practice


Glenda Mullen, NP ED Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick NSW

Danielle Coates, NP ED Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick NSW

Karen Hodson, CNE ED Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick NSW

Amy Langron, Child Life Therapist, ED Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick NSW

Kerrie Amy, Physiotherapist Orthopaedics, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick NSW

Kelly Waddell, NP Burns and Plastics Treatment Centre, Children’s Hospital Westmead NSW

Madeleine Jacques, TNP Burns and Plastics Treatment Centre, Children’s Hospital Westmead

Ruth Irwin, TNP ED, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown NSW

Joanna McCulloch, CNC/NE Sydney Eye Hospital

Danielle Coates and Glenda Mullen (Workshop Convenors)

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