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VSA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES: Writing scenarios and simulated participant scripts in health and community services

With the rising complexity of health and community services, concerns with professional communication have grown exponentially. Shared communication with patients and clients has now become a critical component of person-centred practice.

Over the past 29 years, there has been a drive to enhance the experiential dimension of communication skills learning by using case studies, role-play and simulation-based education (SBE). A feature of SBE is the opportunity for learners to practise diverse skills in a safe learning environment. However, this requires careful planning and expert scenario design and script development by the course designer.

This workshop will outline key features of a quality scenario design and provide you with an opportunity to create your own scenario and simulated participant script using an established simulation scenario-writing framework.

Using interactive small group methods such as discussions, brainstorm activities, paired exercises and small group practical hands-on activities, this workshop will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Identify core aspects of a communication skills learning and teaching process
  • Appraise the advantages and challenges associated with simulated participant methods in health and community services education
  • Discuss the features and rationale of a well-constructed simulation scenario and simulated participant script
  • Create an individualised simulation scenario and simulated participant script

Places are limited to 25 participants per session. 



Professor Debra Kiegaldie, Clinical Chair - Health Workforce & Simulation, Holmesglen Institute and Healthscope Australia



Online via Zoom.

A zoom link will be sent out to your email address on Friday 17 September, be sure to check your mail and junk folders.


Session times

Morning Session: 9:00am - 12:30pm




Event details

Event date 20 Sep 2021
Registration start date 23 Jul 2021
Available place 44
Registration end date 19 Sep 2021
Individual price $75.00
Location Online
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