Courses

Here's a list of our courses, and upcoming dates!

Kids Simulation Australia courses support health professionals to improve their knowledge and skills in caring for neonatal and paediatric patients across the state.

Kids Simulation Australia also provides and supports courses aimed at developing neonatal and paediatric simulation faculty.

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KSA Simulation Faculty Development Program

Convened by KSA Team

Simulation Faculty Development - Day 1: Simulation Essentials

Simulation Faculty Development Course Day 1: Simulation Essentials is designed to enhance healthcare workers’ ability to deliver safe and effective simulation-based paediatric education. This course will introduce the key principles of simulation-based learning. Participants will develop knowledge and skills in the development and implementation of simulation to ensure that paediatric focused simulation that is effective for staff education, assists with validating research, enhances patient safety and mitigates risks in paediatric healthcare. 

A blended learning approach, pre-reading, interactive and experiential, has been applied in this course to enable participants to develop their knowledge of the processes involved in undertaking simulated activities.

Who should attend?

The course is aimed at paediatric educators, clinicians and researchers (Doctors, Midwives, Nurses, Allied health, Non-clinical staff) interested in using simulation for investigating, testing and training. This is highly interactive practical ‘hands on’ workshop. Participants may like to come with their own ideas to discuss also.  Places are limited to 12 attendees.

Learning outcomes

  • Develop knowledge of the scope of simulation in testing, investigating and training to improve patient outcomes in a paediatric setting.
  • Comprehend the process for development and implementation of simulation based programs in the paediatric context.
  • Design, deliver and debrief a paediatric simulation-based activity within a safe learning environment.

Course dates

  • When: 15th October, 2019, 8.00am - 4.00pm                 Apply Now
  • Where: Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

Cost

  • SCHN Staff – no charge
  • Non-SCHN staff (one day only) – $440.00 (includes GST)
  • Non-SCHN staff (Day 1 and Day 2) – $800.00 (includes GST) (both days must be booked and paid for in one transaction)

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Simulation Faculty Development - Day 2: Constructive Conversations

Simulation Faculty Development Course Day 2: Constructive Conversations is designed to enhance healthcare workers’ ability to deliver safe and effective simulation based paediatric education. The emphasis of this day is the further development of the debriefing skills introduced in Simulation Faculty Development Course Day 1: Simulation Essentials.

Participants are provided with opportunity to learn and utilise debriefing adjuncts such as video marking and scripts. Opportunity to collaborate with other simulation faculty will be incorporated into this day.

Learning is both immersive and experiential with the focus on enhancing paediatric simulation delivery and debriefing skills in a safe and supported learning environment.

Who should attend?

The course is aimed at paediatric educators, clinicians and researchers (Doctors, Midwives, Nurses, Allied health, Non-clinical staff) interested in using simulation for investigating, testing and training. This is a highly interactive practical ‘hands on’ workshop. Participants may like to come with their own ideas to discuss also. Places are limited to 12 attendees.

Learning outcomes

  • Collaborate and share ideas and challenges in delivering simulation based education and training in paediatric health care.
  • Further develop debriefing concepts and skills.
  • Demonstrate practical skills in the use of Laerdal LLEAP software.
  • Recognise and discuss the benefits of video replay in enhancing the educational impact of simulation.

Course dates

  • When: 13th November, 2019, 8.00am - 4.00pm                  Apply Now
  • Where: Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

Cost

  • SCHN Staff – no charge
  • Non-SCHN staff (one day only) – $440.00 (includes GST)
  • Non-SCHN staff (Day 1 and Day 2) – $800.00 (includes GST) (both days must be booked and paid for in one transaction)

Simulation Faculty Development Workshop (3 Day Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator)

Convened By:
   Michael Shepherd - Starship Simulation Programme
   Trish Wood - Starship Simulation Programme
   Traci Wolbrink - Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program
   Nichola Concannon - Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick
   Jane Cichero - Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick

This 3 day workshop will focus on practical ways of developing/improving your simulation skills including adult education, program design, running high fidelity simulation and debriefing. The course content includes:

  • Approaches to Crisis Resource Management (CRM) training
  • Adult learning theory
  • Building a CRM course
  • The art of debriefing
  • Debriefing practice exercises
  • Designing CRM scenarios
  • Innovative applications of paediatric simulation

Who should attend?

Clinicians involved in clinical education for acutely unwell or injured infants and children. Preference is given to partnerships or mini teams (Doctor and Nurse) attending the course, so please register with a colleague where possible.

Should you choose to progress your application there is an expectation that you will contribute to ongoing education for Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network simulation programs.

Course Dates

2020 dates to be announced

Cost

  • Medical - $3750.00 (includes GST)
  • Nursing - $575.00 (includes GST)

Note: To ensure our simulation program's develop and sustain a strong multidisciplinary approach, the course cost is varied according to professional role. Medical participants (including those eligible for TESL) are charged a higher rate to support Nursing participants which is at a much lower cost.

**Attention to Registrants**
The registration process and cancellation policy for the Simulation Faculty Development Workshop (3 Day Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program) varies from Kids Simulation Australia’s general policies.
Please see further information below:

  • Spaces are limited as there is a high demand for our courses - be sure to secure your place by registering early.
  • Completion of this webform registers your expression of interest to attend a course.
We'll email your confirmation once your registration is approved.
  • Placement is confirmed and guaranteed for the course date nominated once fees are paid in advance. Fees are due to be paid in full within fourteen (14) days of course offering.


Cancellations and refunds

  • Cancellation made 3 months prior to the commencement of the course, will incur a cancellation fee of 20% off the total course fee (incl GST).
  • Cancellation made 2 months prior to the commencement of the course, will incur a cancellation fee of 50% off the total course fee (incl GST).
  • No refunds will be issued if a candidate cancels within 6 weeks of the course commencing.
  • Application for a refund must be made in writing and sent to Kids Simulation Australia.
  • Participants who fail to attend or complete the training session will not be entitled to any refund or credit.

A Big Day About Small Airways

Convened by Dr. Andrew Weatherall

This course is all about managing the paediatric airway. For those who feel like experts or need a refresher, or for those who work with children all the time or just see them occasionally; this is a whole day devoted to providing better care to children. This one day program focusses on what is really different about the paediatric airway, the latest evidence on safely managing a paediatric airway, as well as tips and tricks from experienced paediatric experts. This hands-on, interactive course will include time for discussion, time for hands on skills and lots of teamwork and simulation to invigorate your practice.

Who Should Attend?

This course is aimed at both doctors and nurses involved in anaesthetic and/or critical care specialties who are involved in airway care. You do not need to be working at a tertiary paediatric centre or doing full-time paediatrics to be a part of this course.

Maximum of 12 participants per course
**Please note – spaces are limited. Early registration is strongly encouraged.         

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand the particular challenges of paediatric airway care.
  • To revise the basic assessment and management skills that underpins excellent airway care.
  • To develop advanced airway techniques that can help you look after your paediatric patient.
  • To develop the teamwork skills that will make you a more effective clinician.

Click here to see flyer

Course dates

  • When: Saturday  30th of November, 2019, 8.00am - 5.00pm     Apply now
  • Where: The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Cost

  • Medical - $990.00 (inc GST)
  • Nursing - $330.00 (inc GST) 

Managing Emergencies in Paediatric Anaesthesia (MEPA) for consultants

Convened by Dr Sally Wharton

MEPA is designed to provide a comprehensive update in paediatric anaesthesia and resuscitation. Participants will develop management strategies for dealing with emergencies in paediatric anaesthesia.

The course is a one day interactive program utilising medium and high fidelity simulation, and using expert peer-reviewed scenarios.

It is an opportunity to gain knowledge, share experiences and practice skills.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for those consultants who have an occasional paediatric list, provide out of hours care or may be involved in the care of sick children in their practice.

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate competency in newborn and paediatric resuscitation.
  • Develop and demonstrate effective management of common and serious emergencies in paediatric anaesthesia.
  • Develop skills in effective team leadership, team work and communication during emergencies.

Course dates

  • When: 6th of December 2019, 8.00am - 4.00pm      Apply now
  • Where: The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Cost

  • Medical:  $990.00 (includes GST) 

Maximum six participants per course. Early registration is encouraged.

See the MEPA course flyer

Paediatric BASIC

Convened by Dr. Elena Cavazzoni

Paediatric BASIC is a 2-day course covering essential and fundamental aspects of Paediatric Critical Care. The aim of the course is for the candidate to be able to implement the principals of ongoing management of the critically ill child, post the resuscitation and stabilisation phase.

The Paediatric BASIC course has been endorsed by the College of Intensive Care medicine. A course manual will be mailed to participants prior to the course. Mandatory pre-course MCQ to be completed

Lectures will be in the mornings followed by workshops in the afternoon, and will include:

  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Airway management
  • Resuscitation scenarios
  • Paediatric Trauma
  • Vascular and intra-osseous access

The aim of the course is for the candidate to be able to implement the principals of ongoing management of the critically ill child, post the resuscitation and stabilisation phase.

Topics covered include:

  • Airway management
  • Acute respiratory failure
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Haemodynamic monitoring
  • Management of shock
  • Severe sepsis
  • Interpretation of arterial blood gases
  • Transport of critically ill patients
  • Severe trauma
  • Neurological emergencies
  • Oliguria & acute renal failure
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Nutrition
  • Sedation and analgesia
  • Venous thromboembolic disease
  • Stress ulceration
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory physiology
  • Metabolic & electrolyte disturbances
  • Ongoing care of the critically ill patient

Who should attend?

  • Doctors and nurses who need to respond to deteriorating children.
  • Junior Paediatric Intensive Care (PICU) doctors.
  • Senior trainees in general paediatrics or emergency medicine.
  • Paediatric MET team responders.
  • Senior PICU nurses.

Course dates

To be announced

Cost

  • Nursing/Paramedical - $450.00 (includes GST)
  • Medical- $650.00 (includes GST)

Paediatric Neuro-critical Care: beyond BASIC

Convened by Dr. Elena Cavazzoni & Dr. Nitesh Singhal

The course is a one-day programme focusing on managing paediatric patients with acute brain injury or at risk of neurological problems.
The focus of the course will be on structured assessment, communication, neuro-resuscitation, neuro-protection and neuro-monitoring to guide management of these patients.
Emphasis will be placed on brain-directed critical care from presentation at hospital through to discharge from PICU

Lectures will be in the mornings followed by workshops in the afternoon, and will include:

  • Course outline/paediatric NCC
  • Basics of neuro physiology
  • Refractory status epilepticus
  • cEEG in ICU
  • Refractory ICP in TBI
  • Resuscitation post-cardiac arrest including TTM
  • Acute ischaemic stroke
  • Life after PICU - rehabilitation
  • Pharmacotherapy in neuro-critical care
  • Acute haemorrhagic stroke
  • Encephalitis/meningitis - approach with emphasis on autoimmune encephalitis
  • Neuroprognostication

Skills stations will include:

  • Case discussion: Refractory status epilepticus/ischaemic stroke
  • Sim: Patient with TBI having refractory raised ICP
  • Neuroimaging: How to recognise life-threatening neurological emergencies
  • EEG for critical care staff
  • Neuromonitoring– ICP monitoring-EVD/Codman, NIRS, brain tissue oxygen monitoring, TCD, microdialysis

Who should attend?

Some experience in looking after critically unwell children is required.

  • Intensive care physicians
  • Emergency Department physicians
  • ICU/Emergency Department nurses

Course dates

  • When: TBA

Cost

  • Nursing/Paramedical - $150.00 (includes GST)
  • Medical- $300.00 (includes GST)

Please see Course Flyer and Course Program for more information.

Paediatric Nursing: It's as easy as ABCd Part1 & 2

Convened by Nicole Mangion

Paediatric Nursing: It's as easy as ABCd Part 1

Paediatric nursing: It’s as easy as ABCd Part 1 is designed to enhance the healthcare workers ability to care for the paediatric patient in the non-tertiary healthcare setting. This course will focus on the differences between the adult and paediatric patient, medication and fluid management in paediatrics and common complications associated with clinical deterioration that the paediatric patient may face.

This course utilises medium to high fidelity simulation with real life scenarios and is delivered in a safe, simulated learning environment that is both immersive and experiential for all participants.

Who should attend?

The course is aimed at nurses who are novice at providing acute care to children outside of the paediatric tertiary hospital setting. This course would also benefit nurses who care for children within a mixed adult / paediatric setting as well as nurse who rarely care for children but would like to increase their knowledge.

Maximum of 12 participants per course

Learning Outcomes

  • To confidently discuss the physiological differences of children and adults
  • To increase knowledge of paediatric medications and intravenous fluids
  • To confidently discuss common complications associated with clinical deterioration and apply appropriate management in a paediatric patient

Course dates

  • When: 6th of March 2020 8.00am - 4.00pm        
  • Where: Children's Hospital at Westmead

Cost

  • Nursing (one day only):  $280.00 (includes GST)
  • Nursing (Part 1 & Part 2): $480.00 (includes GST) (both days must be booked and paid for in one transaction)

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Paediatric Nursing: It's as easy as ABCd Part 2

Paediatric nursing: It’s as easy as ABCd Part 2 is designed to complement and enhance the healthcare workers learning that was achieved with their attendance at Paediatric Nursing: It’s as easy as ABCd Part 1. Part 2 of this program aims to further focus on paediatric deterioration and the essential processes that ensure positive outcomes for patients and their families. The participants are offered the opportunity to practice and gain the essential skills that are required in the event of a deteriorating paediatric patient.

This course is delivered in a safe, simulated learning environment that is both immersive and experiential for all participants.

Who should attend?

The program is aimed at nurse who are novice to providing acute care to children outside of the paediatric tertiary hospital setting. This program compliments the ‘Paediatric Nursing – It’s as easy as ABCd Part 1’. Participants will find that the Part 2 content will further extend the knowledge and skills obtained in Part 1.

Maximum of 12 participants per course

Learning Outcomes

  • To revise the knowledge learned around paediatric anatomy and physiology and discuss how these differences impact the treatment of the deteriorating paediatric patient
  • To increase your knowledge of resuscitation medications and the indications for their use
  • To successfully complete all skills stations associated with Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Defibrillation and IV fluids.
  • To confidently care for a deteriorating paediatric patient

Course dates

  • When: 28th November 2019 8.00am - 4.00pm            Apply Now                  
  • Where: Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick
  • When: 23rd April 2020 8.00am - 4.00pm        
  • Where: Children's Hospital at Westmead

Cost

  • Nursing (one day only):  $280.00 (includes GST)
  • Nursing (Part 1 & Part 2): $480.00 (includes GST) (both days must be booked and paid for in one transaction)

Perioperative Paediatrics (PoPPi) for Anaesthetic and Recovery Nurses

Convened by Dr Sally Wharton

PoPPi is designed to provide a comprehensive update for anaesthetic and recovery nursing staff who are involved in the care of paediatric patients.

Participants will have the opportunity to gain specific knowledge and skills required to manage children in the perioperative period.

The course is a one-day interactive program utilising medium and high fidelity simulation, and using real life scenarios.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for anaesthetic and recovery nursing staff caring for children in non-tertiary paediatric hospitals.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the specific differences between adults and children, with particular emphasis on airway management.
  • Revise and practice paediatric resuscitation.
  • Recognise and effectively manage common issues and serious emergencies that occur in children in the perioperative period.
  • Develop skills in effective team leadership, team work and communication during emergencies

Course dates

  • When: TBA          

Cost

  • Nursing: $320.00 (includes GST)

Tiny Tots Trauma

Convened by Dr. S Soundappan

Tiny Tots Trauma is a one day course, aimed to provide practitioners involved in the stabilisation and transfer of injured children with an opportunity to practice and reflect on the management of paediatric trauma emergencies within the context of a simulated environment. By applying a structured approach to the early assessment, resuscitation and ongoing management of the injured child, participants will have the opportunity to work together and strengthen the efficiency within the trauma team roles that they may maximise improved outcomes in paediatric trauma.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at all doctors, nurses and paramedics who are involved in the early assessment, stabilisation and transfer of injured children.

Learning outcomes:

  • Recognise the key mechanisms of paediatric trauma and how they affect the pathophysiology of injuries in children.
  • Recognise the key elements of improving outcomes in paediatric trauma.
  • Demonstrate a structured approach to the assessment, resuscitation and management of the injured child.
  • Recognise the severity of injuries in children and the need to refer/call for help.
  • Demonstrate effective team work in relation to the management of the injured child, including role allocation, leadership & clear and direct communication.

Course dates

  • When: 22nd November 2019 8.00am - 4.00pm                   Apply Now
  • Where: The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Cost

  • SCHN Staff  – no charge
  • Non-SCHN Nursing/Paramedical– $280.00 (includes GST)
  • Non-SCHN Medical– $450.00 (includes GST)

Advanced Neonatal Resuscitation Simulation Training

Convened by Dr Kathryn Browning Carmo.

This course is aimed at the advanced practitioner and involves the stabilisation of neonates with varying conditions including; congenital heart disease, severe cyanosis, rhythm disturbances and the extremes of prematurity.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at doctors and nurses involved in the advanced stabilisation of neonates. Participants will work through simulated neonatal emergencies in teams throughout the day and so, we strongly encourage teams to attend this course together where possible.

Previous neonatal resuscitation training is required.

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate effective teamwork and communication during a neonatal resuscitation.
  • identify and manage complex neonatal resuscitations within multidisciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrate effective management of available resources.
  • Understand the relevance of accurate placental histopathology in neonatal resuscitation.

Course dates

  • When: TBA

Cost

  • SCHN Staff  – no charge
  • Non-SCHN Nursing/Midwifery – $280.00 (includes GST)
  • Non-SCHN Doctors  – $450.00 (includes GST)

NeoPaed Simulation Training Day

Convened by Dr. Kavita Bhola

NeoPaed Simulation Training Day is a one day course, aimed to provide practitioners involved in the resuscitation, stabilisation and transfer of the newborn infant.
It precedes the NeoPaed Conference, held the following day

This course provides participants with an opportunity to practice and reflect on the management of emergencies in the newborn infant within the context of a simulated environment.

By applying a structured approach to the early assessment, resuscitation and ongoing stabilisation of the newborn, participants will have the opportunity to work together and strengthen the efficiency within the resuscitation team that they may maximise improved outcomes in the newborn population.

The course will provide an overview of newborn resuscitation, skill stations and immersive scenarios. Topics covered include:

  • Newborn resuscitation
  • Airway management, including intubation
  • Pneumothorax management
  • Emergency UVC insertion
  • Pre-term resuscitation
  • Meconium Aspiration management
  • Preparation and communication in the retrieval of the unwell neonate

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at all doctors, midwives and nurses working in level 3 and 4 units and who are involved in the early assessment, stabilisation and transfer of the newborn. 

It is encouraged that practitioners working as part of a team would attend together, for example: obstetrician/paediatrician/midwife/nurse.

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a structured approach to the assessment, resuscitation and stabilisation of the newborn and pre-term infant.
  • Recognise the key elements of improving outcomes in the newborn population.
  • Demonstrate effective team work in relation to the management of the newborn, including role allocation, leadership & clear and direct communication.

Course dates

2020 dates to be confirmed

Please note: This course is supported by the organisers of the NeoPaed Conference.
For further information regarding the NeoPaed Conference, please refer to the PSN website