Message from the ASSH Chair

Message from the ASSH Chair - December 2016

Dear ASSH members

I am always surprised how quickly this time of year comes around, but as a year draws to a close it allows us to pause (if only briefly) to reflect on the year passed and plan and envisage the year ahead. Over the last 12 months, the ASSH executive has worked diligently pursuing healthcare simulation certification and fellowship pathways for the members. The first step in the process was successfully achieved in late September with ASSH and The Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) signing the official agreement for the certification of healthcare simulation educators through the SSH program. The next step will be working with SSH to review the current examination questions and contextualise them to an Australian perspective. ASSH is also in discussion with the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) to provide an alternate pathway through their Fellowship program. We will keep you up to date with how this is progressing.

The certification and fellowship pathways were the vision of Robert O’Brien and I would like to take the opportunity to thank Rob for his dedication over the last 12 months as ASSH Chair. The ASSH executive wish him well in his new ventures and all the success in his future.

A significant congratulations also needs to be extended to the Australasian Simulation Congress organising committee. This group of volunteers put together a fantastic program showcasing national and international initiatives in simulation and I am looking forward to the 2017 conference in Sydney.

As announced at the ASSH Members meeting at the Congress, Stephen Guinea commenced a position on the ASSH executive. We currently have one position on the executive vacant and will very soon be sending out an expression of interest to the membership to join the committee. We always want new ideas and fresh eyes, so please put your name forward if you are interested.

2017 will no doubt be another exciting and fast paced year in the realm of healthcare simulation. There are many new and exciting initiatives on the table in collaboration with Simulation Australasia and on behalf of the ASSH executive committee we are looking forward to providing additional value to our members and growing simulation within healthcare.

If you have any questions or suggestions for the ASSH executive, please don’t hesitate to email me on

Stay safe over the Christmas break and I look forward to working with you all in 2017.

Kind regards,


Melanie Barlow
Chair - Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare (ASSH)


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