A message from Mater Education

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This year has seen Mater Education grow across almost every possible measure—faculty, program offerings, students, graduates, affiliations and collaborations, and revenue. It has also been a year of firsts—we welcomed our first Simulation Fellows, developed and delivered what we believe is a world-first facility test by running a new hospital in simulated mode for 24 hours, and celebrated our first 1000 Mater Mothers’ first aid for babies participants. This year, the Mater Education Limited Board has welcomed two new eminent Board members, Professor Cathy Turner and Emeritus Professor Mike Ward, who have added significant value to the goverance of Mater Education.

We congratulated 93 Diploma of Nursing graduands, and enrolled our largest cohort of first semester nursing students as our reputation for delivering an exceptional, practical hands-on course continues to strengthen. To further support contemporary healthcare workforce development we expanded our entry-level offering to include the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance and the Certificate III Allied Health Services Assistance.

The internationally renowned Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) in Boston renewed our Affiliate Partnership, and we were pleased to announce a new teaching affiliation with the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions Education Program (IHP). This new partnership enables Mater People to attain an internationally recognised qualification in the use of simulation in healthcare education through training and practical assessment at Mater Education.

The inaugural Mater Education Simulation Fellowships were awarded to Dr Dominic Ormston (anaesthetics) and Dr Richard Mausling (newborn services) and are supported by Mater Foundation. They are available exclusively to Mater People and designed to increase the capability of Mater clinicians in simulation-based education, educational scholarship and research, and support the continued delivery of exceptional clinical care at Mater.

As our interprofessional faculty grows, the opportunities to integrate research and education to enhance the knowledge, skills and practice of Mater’s exceptional people also increase.

This year we commenced work on a suite of Research/Education programs in collaboration with Mater Research that will ensure continued excellence in research practice, build our research capacity and foster enhanced clinical collaboration.

We wrapped our own research project around what is believed to be a world-first facility test, operating Mater Private Hospital Springfield in simulated mode for 24 hours prior to the hospital opening to patients. Trained local volunteer patients were cared for, an ambulance transferred a deteriorating patient, simulated operations were performed, clinical staff were required to make challenging decisions, a baby was delivered—in a hospital without a maternity service—and meals were ordered, cooked and served. The result of this carefully planned and executed simulation was that every staff member on every shift reported that they were 100 per cent confident that the hospital was ready to open—a significant achievement for improved patient safety and experience.

We are pleased to have been able to respond to community need for skills, knowledge and confidence by developing and delivering the Mater Mothers’ first aid for babies course. Developed in partnership with Mater Mothers’ Hospitals and Mater’s paediatric clinical experts, more than 1000 parents are equipped to care for their baby should they face an emergency, and this course is set to expand in the future to meet growing demand.

As always, we look forward to continuing to work alongside Mater Health and Mater Research as we strive to fulfil Mater’s Missionand improve community health outcomes.

Ms Donna Bonney

Chief Executive Officer, Mater Education

Mr John Reynolds

Chairman, Mater Education Board