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Simulated Patient Program

An all-important education resource in healthcare      

Simulated patients play an important role in helping health professional students develop their communication and diagnostic skills – particularly in exams. But up until now, there has been no easy way to find or train them.

With our dedicated Simulated Patient program, healthcare educators can source and engage with trained simulated patients whenever they need to.

 

About simulated patients

Simulated patients are all ages and come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some have been patients or carers in the past, others are professional actors. They are well people who have the same goal of wanting to make a difference to the Australian healthcare system.

Looking for simulated patients for your program?

  • We take the time and angst out of recruiting

We recruit and train simulated patients according to different educational needs, introducing them to the role and preparing them to work in the health education environment.

  • Find simulated patients who best match your education programs

Once they’re trained, our simulated patients are listed on our central database, which is easy to search. 

  • Be confident of presenting the same role to students in exam situations

Our simulated patients are trained to the same, consistently high standards.

  • Pass constructive feedback to your students

Our appropriately trained simulated patients can provide feedback from a patient’s perspective.


Want to become a simulated patient?

  • Can I become a simulated patient?

You don’t need to have any experience working as a simulated patient.  We work with all kinds of people with different experiences but all with a positive approach and a willingness to make a difference in the Australian healthcare system.

  • We train you and prepare you for your role

We understand the importance of properly preparing simulated patients; both for their benefit and for the benefit of the students they will work with.  We provide you with necessary training through an accredited VET course; 10430NAT – Course in Simulated Patient Practice, to ensure you are adequately equipped to undertake the role required.

"It was a most interesting encounter with so many
talented people from whom we have so much to learn.
It was a most professional presentation.
Congrats to you and your team."
Alex O’Sullivan 

Learn more

To find out more about our Simulated Patient Program, why not contact us today? You can email us on heal@heal.edu.au or call us on +61 3 9642 3450.