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A new mobile simulation clinical training unit for a regional university

Background: In 2009 Health Workforce Australia released its Innovative Clinical Teaching and Training Grant program to fund infrastructure projects across private and public sectors. An Australian regional university saw this as a means of supporting its strategy to increase training providers’ clinical placement capacity to support its students and medical students in the region’s rural medical school. CIS was engaged to assist with the grant application, which was successful, and to project manage fulfilment of the program.

Approach: CIS worked closely with the University and their partners which included area health services, private hospitals, general practice and a rural clinical school, to develop a successful application. CIS responsibilities included building a compelling business case, developing budgets, liaising with partners and assisting them with and collecting required documentation, and drafting the application.

Once the application was successful, CIS was engaged to project manage implementation of the project. This included managing a tender process to select key suppliers, overseeing the construction in collaboration with the University, and assisting with the fit out including sourcing the simulators.

Results: The successful grant application secured the funds required to complete a state of the art mobile health facility housed in a semi-trailer. The truck has expanding side capsules and includes a classroom, health simulation equipment, two stretchers, a patient care chair and an infant cot. The trailer is now available to support increased demand for clinical training, create more opportunities for clinical training in regional and remote areas, including Indigenous health services, and to support ongoing professional developing of existing health professionals in remote locations.

Key Words: infrastructure   change management and implementation