Kids Simulation Australia

Kids Simulation Australia (KSA) is the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network simulation program dedicated to improving the quality and safety of paediatric health care through simulation-based education.

Using innovative and evidence-based training techniques, KSA centres and their programs train professionals in the intricacies of caring for and managing sick and injured children. When the stakes are too high to work directly on patients, simulation uses cutting-edge technology to replicate real-life scenarios and allow for experiential learning, educational innovation, collaboration and research.

Simulation-based education techniques are utilised across the network to inform and train both clinical and non-clinical staff involved in all aspects of care for our patients.  KSA also supports the education of paediatric healthcare staff working externally to SCHN, offering both general neonatal and paediatric simulation courses as well as tailor made simulation courses to meet local health area needs.

KSA centres are available for educational purposes with or without manikins and other technology available in the centre. Individuals and groups are encouraged to contact the KSA staff to explore paediatric simulation opportunities. External groups hiring the centre may also choose to conduct their sessions independently or to engage with our experienced educators and technical staff. KSA operates to the highest standards of ethical conduct and provides exceptional quality and reliable service.

KSA Courses

Kids Simulation Australia focuses on delivering courses that support health professionals in improving their knowledge and skills in caring for neonatal and paediatric patients across the state.  There's a range of simulation-based training courses for health professionals working externally to SCHN, including paediatric simulation faculty development courses.

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Would you like more information?

Email Kids Simulation Australia at SCHN-KidsSimulationAustralia@health.nsw.gov.au or call us on the numbers below:

Westmead

  • Ph: 9845 0446, Fax: 9845 2999

Randwick

  • Ph: 9382 1911, Fax: 9382 1922

Our Training Centres

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Kim Oates Australian Paediatric Simulation Centre
Corner of Hawkesbury Road and Hainsworth Street, Westmead, NSW 2145

Access to venue: In the Children’s Medical Centre Building (adjacent to the Public Car Park), go through the main entrance and follow the hall to the end of the corridor.

Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick

Les White Clinical Education Centre
Level 4, South West Wing
High Street, Randwick, NSW 2031

Access to venue: Access to the 4th floor is via the lift in “link corridor” between Prince of Wales/Royal Hospital for Women and Sydney Children’s Hospital.  Please take the lift  or stairs to the 4th floor.

Our Team

Ingrid Wolfsberger RN BNSc, MEd (Health Professional Education); Grad Cert Paed Emergency

Network Simulation Co-Lead - The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

Ingrid trained as a nurse in Canada with a background in paediatric emergency.  She has held both clinical and education positions at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW) and in this time developed an interest in simulation based education through her involvement with the development and implementation of a multidisciplinary in situ simulation program within the emergency department.  As the CHW Simulation Coordinator, she was involved in the curricula design and course development for numerous in-situ and centre-based multidisciplinary simulation programs within the hospital and externally.  During this time, she assisted in the establishment of Kids Simulation Australia.  She currently is the Network Simulation Co-Lead for SCHN.

Email Ingrid: ingrid.wolfsberger@health.nsw.gov.au

Alice Polak RN, BN, MN (Education), Grad Cert Paediatrics

Simulation Coordinator – The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Alice is an experienced registered nurse with a background in paediatric medical and oncology nursing.  Alice has worked at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for nine years and has held various educational positions.  Alice started on Variety Ward a medical/oncology isolation unit during which time she completed her Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing and became a Clinical Nurse Specialist.  Following on from this, Alice commenced her Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching and commenced as Clinical Nurse Educator for Variety Ward.  Alice also worked as the Clinical Nurse Educator and Nurse Educator for the First Year Registered Nurse program.  During this time, she developed a keen interest for simulation based nursing education with the integration of a simulation based education into the First Year RN program.  Alice recently completed her Master of Advanced Nursing, majoring in education and currently works as the Simulation Coordinator for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Email Alice: alice.polak@health.nsw.gov.au

Nadine Alcorn RN MN, Advanced Practice Nursing (Ed)(UON)

Simulation Coordinator – Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick

Nadine is an experienced registered nurse with a background in intensive care nursing.  Nadine worked three years in an adult ICU during which time she completed post-graduate studies before moving into paediatric and neonatal intensive care (CICU).  Nadine has worked at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick CICU for six years as a Clinical nurse Specialist and Clinical Nurse Educator.  During this time, she developed a keen interest in clinical education using simulation.  Nadine has completed a Masters of Advanced Practice and currently works as the Simulation Coordinator for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, Randwick.

Email Nadine: nadine.alcorn@health.nsw.gov.au

Philip Williams BA Hons. (UWS)

Multimedia Coordinator

A graduate of the University of Western Sydney Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), Phil has 14 years of experience working in the education and health sectors in AV client services.  Phil represented The Children's Hospital at Westmead at the International Paediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops in 2011 in Toulouse, France, where the poster presentation co-authored with Dr Marino Festa, Dr. James McCauley, and Martin Brown was awarded second prize.

Email Phil: philip.williams@health.nsw.gov.au

Caleb Lapointe RN BNSc

Simulation Coordinator - The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Caleb is an experienced registered nurse with a background in paediatric anaesthetics and recovery nursing.  Caleb has worked at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for almost a decade, starting in medical respiratory before moving to perioperative services where he has been for the last 5 years.  Caleb developed a keen interest in simulation education during this time and has been involved in various programs within the hospital where he currently works as the Simulation Coordinator for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Email Caleb: caleb.lapointe@health.nsw.gov.au

Teena Jose B.Tech Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineer

Teena brings over 7 years of experience in the field of Biomedical Engineering.  She has worked as a Biomedical Engineer with Fortis Healthcare, India for 6 years.  During this time, Teena effectively coordinated activities for the department to include the maintenance  and evaluation of Biomedical Devices including Simulation Equipment.  She has contributed significantly to the Hospital’s JCI quality standards.  When Fortis established a new hospital for Women and Children-Fortis La Femme, Teena proceeded to head the Biomedical Engineering Project and successfully implemented the Project.  As the Biomedical Manager, she was responsible for all the services of the Biomedical Engineering Department.  Prior to Fortis, Teena also worked as Biomedical Engineer with Apollo Hospitals, India and KMCH, India for about 1 year.

Email Teena: teena.jose@health.nsw.gov.au

Stephen Best

AV Technician

Steve has been working in the film and television industry since graduating as a directing major from the Australian Film and Television School.  He has worked in a variety of roles including writer, producer, director, camera, sound and website development both in the field and in post-production.   He has produced and directed a significant catalogue of programs as varied as Australians at War (history series on ABC), Bulls & Bears (documentary on ABC), Catalyst (science and factual on ABC), Collectors and Auction Room (on ABC), Food Lovers Guide (on SBS), Earth Pulse (series on National Geographic) and American Journey (Discovery Channel).  He has recently worked on the Big Stories Small Towns online documentary series,  ZDF German TV and Decoupage France and education videos for Charles Sturt University  and The Heart Foundation.

Email Steve: stephen.best@health.nsw.gov.au

Hemala Evans

Administrative Officer

Hema has approximately 16 years work experience in various organisations providing office support.  She has worked locally as well as internationally.  After taking time off to raise a family, Hema has enthusiastically transitioned back into the workforce.  During the various roles she has performed, Hema has provided the necessary office support skills.  Hema ensures the smooth running of the simulation centres at Randwick and Westmead by providing day-to-day administrative support.

Email Hema: hemala.evans@health.nsw.gov.au

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Kids Simulation Australia relies on the generosity and support of the community. To support us please click Donate now at the top of the page or contact the Fundraising Department via email or phone (02) 9845 3367.