$94M has been allocated to increase health workforce capacity and quality training capacity
The aim of the Simulated Learning Environment (SLE) Program is to assist in increasing health workforce capacity and quality training capacity in the educational, private and non-government health provider sector in New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia by 30 June 2013.
As part of the Simulated Learning Environment (SLE) Program, funding of $46M will be allocated in 2010-11 to support SLE capital and establishment and $48M will be allocated to support recurrent operations.
Health Workforce Australia is undertaking the Simulated Learning Environment (SLE) Program aiming to contribute to increased capacity of the health system to provide clinical training via the use of simulated learning modalities.
HWA is examining the problem of insufficient clinical placement positions as well as the need to train healthcare professionals more efficiently and effectively through the adoption of new and innovative training techniques.
Standardising curriculum delivered through learning using simulation techniques and reaching national agreement by the Deans of the professions will ensure students are trained using best practice education principles.
The initial scope for this stage of the Simulated Learning Environment (SLE) Program is to cover twelve professions including medicine, nursing, midwifery, paramedicine, oral health (inc. dentistry), occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech pathology, pharmacy, radiation science, social work and clinical psychology. Other professions may be included later in the project.
Health Workforce Australia’s main objectives of the Simulated Learning Environment (SLE) Program are:
Funding is provided for the Simulated Learning Environment (SLE) Program to increase access to simulation programs for students and clinicians including:
In December 2010 work was completed which identified the current and potential use of simulation techniques in the curricula of twelve professions. A report was prepared outlining the findings of the project and documenting national agreement to the use of SLEs in curricula by universities throughout Australia.
Download the technical reports for the 12 individual professions in pdf format below:
HWA has directly applied a proportion of funding to State and Territory government health agencies for allocation across the public sector. Proposals from jurisdictions have been considered. Some of these proposals include formal partnership arrangements with the higher education and non government sectors in that jurisdiction. Where this cross sectoral approach is assessed as being comprehensive, no further funding round will be conducted for that jurisdiction.
Where the higher education and non government sector contribution is limited, a further funding round will commence for these sectors.
HWA is now undertaking a project which is aimed at increasing the capacity of non-government health training bodies in New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia to provide clinical training through the use of simulated learning modalities.
Closing time for the Simulated Learning Environment (SLE) Program is 5pm, 18 November 2011
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