The Northern Territory Simulated Learning Environment (NT Sim Lab) opened in 2013 and houses a range of low to high fidelity mannequins and task trainers in a ward space, with consult rooms and observation rooms.
It provides many opportunities for teaching and learning with the aim of achieving excellence in clinical practice for undergraduate and postgraduate students, health professionals and a range of medical and health training providers and disciplines.
Simulation plays a key role in clinical teaching into the NT Medical Program by enabling learners to practice and hone their skills in a realistic and safe environment. Training across the four years of the medical course focuses on clinical skills and broader communication skills, with the ultimate goal of increasing patient safety.
The NT Sim Lab at Royal Darwin Hospital includes:
The observation and tech rooms are equipped with one way mirrors for viewing and operating the mannequins.
The different spaces allow multiple activities to take place in the one simulation session. It can accommodate up to 25 learners and educators.
Video recording equipment in all of the rooms allows educators and learners to record the session and evaluate it in real time or after the session is over.
The NT Sim Lab adjoins a lecture space with plasma screens for presentations and video conferencing equipment.
The facility houses a wide range of equipment, from skill specific task trainers such as IV cannulation arms and airway management trainers through to low, medium and high fidelity mannequins.
Simulation equipment is also available in Katherine, Nhulunbuy and the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs.
More information: NT Sim Lab Information Pack (PDF 1MB)
The Train the Trainer Series is a set of sessions run by our Simulation Technician for educators who have some grounding in simulation and clinical skills.
It equips them with the necessary skills to go on and run their own scenarios using simulation equipment.
The training also introduces the educators to software and programs that ensure the scenarios and courses run smoothly and that they get the best out of both the learner and the educator.
The clinical nurse educator at the NT Sim lab can offer Skills Acquisition Sessions (PDF 212KB) for individuals or small groups to achieve competency in the following techniques.
More information: Contact us to discuss your requirements
Gathering feedback from our learners and educators plays an important part in the development of our facility, and we ask that you fill out an evaluation form at the end of your session.
"The interaction helps improve our skills and our confidence in talking to patients. The interesting consultation activities allow for different perspectives to be played out" - Year 3/5 Medical Student
"The session was very beneficial to help improve confidence of ED practitioners when dealing with a pregnant critically ill patient" - Emergency Department Educator
"The use of the mannequins was imperative in understanding and responding to the scenario" - Pharmacy student, Remote Health Experience
"The session was very realistic and I learnt an important clinical skill" - Year 1 Medical student, Remote Health Experience
"Good learning environment and I can see how skills help in emergency" - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Professional
This project was originally funded by Health Workforce Australia and is currently sponsored by the NT Government and managed by Flinders University.
NT Sim Lab would like to acknowledge the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and Health Sciences North Simulation Lab for assisting in the creation of the Simulation Lab documents on this website
Clinical Learning,Education and Research Service
Royal Darwin Hospital
Phone: (08) 8922 7660
1st Floor Yellow Wing Building 4
Royal Darwin Hospital, Tiwi NT
Katherine - (08) 8973 9940
Nhulunbuy - (08) 8986 8650