Jade Sheen, Wendy Sutherland-Smith and Jane McGillivray last night received an Award for Teaching Excellence at the Federal Government’s 2017 Australian Awards for Excellence in University Teaching (AAUT). They received their awards last night at a gala event held in the ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Melbourne. This award is in recognition of pushing the boundaries of simulation-based education and virtual learning within postgraduate professional psychology courses.
The simulation program addresses the issue of translating theory into practice through the development and systematic integration of simulation-based education within postgraduate professional psychology courses. Simulation-based education allows students to engage in simulated workplace learning opportunities that are both authentic and proximal to their workplace environments. Students observe clinical staff undertaking practice; engage with real-world case studies; practice clinical skills with live simulated patients; and undertake authentic workplace related assessments of learned skills. The simulation-based education program, used effectively over six years, is unique within the psychology discipline, offering an unparalleled depth and breadth of simulation-based learning opportunities for students.