Translational simulation is about improving patient care. Carefully designed and delivered simulation activities can help rigorously review healthcare team and system performance, and then help design and test improvements.
The team at the Bond Translational Simulation Collaborative has more than 10 years’ experience in translational simulation design and delivery, and leading learning conversations.
Our consultancy and education programs are specifically designed for your institution and context. They are based on translational simulation strategies that have resulted in improved performance in trauma, cardiac care, emergency medicine, operating theatres and most recently in reshaping patient care for COVID-19. Teamwork and organisational culture are specific areas of interest and expertise within our group.
We work with Australian and international institutions, including but not limited to hospitals and health services, universities and industry partners, to apply translational simulation strategies in their local contexts.
We help healthcare teams do their work better, together.
The Bond Translational Simulation Collaborative is an academic and operational alliance formed by Bond University and Gold Coast Health to deliver better care, improve simulation delivery techniques and develop healthcare practitioners who can use simulation for their everyday quality improvement.
Our work draws upon our combined expertise in healthcare simulation, education, quality improvement and anthropology.
Our work for health services includes the development of Translational Simulation programs, including an overarching strategy, as well as skills and methods for translational simulation delivery. We develop and deliver bespoke faculty development workshops and seminars – on-site at your workplace or virtually - that incorporate simulation design, delivery and debriefing for team and system improvement. We work with your simulation program leadership on change management, governance, funding and evaluation of your simulation programs.
Our work for education institutions includes guidance on developing simulation programs for health professional education and for training teams. This includes advice on needs analysis, scenario design, delivery techniques and debriefing after experiential learning. We offer expertise in simulated patient, manikin and hybrid methodologies, including moulage and technology adjuncts. We can provide advice on site or remotely, and/or develop faculty development activities for simulation educators at your institution.
In collaboration with our partners, our research focus is translational simulation – for quality improvement, procedural safety and efficiency, and for developing high performance teamwork in healthcare. We have a focus on understanding and shaping culture and relationships in healthcare teams. Our scholarly work also encompasses educationally focused simulation, healthcare consumer engagement in simulation, faculty development for simulation educators, and the cultivation of communities of practice in simulation.
The Translational Simulation Collaborative supports HDR students and Fellows in healthcare simulation, and short-term Visiting Scholars, either at Bond or in conjunction with our health service partners. We also supervise a number of MD student projects each year.
Dr Domenic R Cincotta MBBS FRACP
Domenic trained as a Paediatric Emergency Physician, General Paediatrician and Allergy Paediatrician through the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and overseas at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, UK and Harvard Centre For Medical Simulation, USA. He works as a Consultant at RCH Emergency Department where he leads simulation training and is co-director of emergency medicine training. He conducts education for University of Melbourne and research for Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, including quality improvement initiatives in airway management and debriefing clinical events. He consults privately in Allergy and is a member of the ASCIA Anaphylaxis Committee.
Dr Melissa Watts MBBS(Hons) FACEM GCertPH DCH
Melissa is an Emergency Medicine specialist and a member of the ED Simulation Team at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth. Melissa trained across Western Australia and at the Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre, Melbourne. Her interests lie in human factors and the use of simulation in healthcare for quality improvement.
The Bond Translational Simulation Collaborative is also open to providing consultancy to, and forming partnerships with, other organisations in the simulation industry. If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact the Director, Dr Victoria Brazil at [email protected].
The Bond Translational Simulation Collaborative team of expert consultants has extensive national and international experience in healthcare simulation and medical education. Our work draws upon our combined expertise in healthcare simulation, education, quality improvement and anthropology.
Victoria Brazil is an emergency physician and medical educator based on the Gold Coast, Australia. She is active in clinical practice and in teaching and learning across the continuum of health professional learners. She is the Medical Director of the Gold Coast Simulation Service, a leader in in-situ and translational simulation, and in building high-performance teams. Victoria completed her FACEM in 2001 and undertook further study in medical education at Stanford and Harvard Universities. Victoria was previously the statewide Director of Queensland Medical Education and Training (QMET) with Queensland Health, responsible for connecting and supporting key players in medical education across Queensland and providing policy advice. She also has experience as founder and director of Medical Education Solutions - the first private company in Australia providing simulation-based educational services, including ‘in situ’ and mobile simulation training. She is a previous Fulbright scholar (2002) and received the ACEM Teaching Excellence Medal in 2008. Victoria has delivered over 100 keynote or invited speaker presentations to state, national and international meetings and her career now includes enthusiasm for social media and podcasting, as co-producer of Simulcast and the Harvard Macy Institute podcast.
Belinda is an obstetrician gynaecologist and medical educator based at Gold Coast University Hospital and Bond University. She has completed FRANZCOG and a simulation fellowship with Bond University in 2018-2019. Belinda has a particular interest in procedural and surgical simulation. She has experience in construction of novel simulation models for procedural, surgical and maternity related simulations. Belinda's simulation experience includes development of a women's health simulation program for Bond undergraduate medical students, work with large scale maternity and perioperative translational simulations and development of a laparoscopic surgical simulation program for Gold Coast University Hospital.
Eve Purdy (MD, MSc) is an emergency physician, anthropologist and Assistant Professor at Queen’s University. She completed a fellowship in translational simulation at the Gold Coast in 2019 and brings unique perspective to our research and consulting team with a background in qualitative method, including the use of collaborative ethnography for quality improvement. She has led projects related to working relationships in the acute phase of trauma care and recently coordinated a collaborative ethnography to guide real-time emergency department response to crisis. She is endlessly curious about how relationships and culture affect teams and organisations and is keen to help your group do the same. For more information see www.evepurdy.info
Jesse’s substantive work is as a Clinical Nurse in a combined adult and paediatric Intensive Care Unit in Queensland. He uses much of his discretionary time doing “volunteer” work in the form of conference organising, co-producing free, open-access healthcare simulation podcast Simulcast, and producing nursing practice development blog and podcast Injectable Orange. Jesse has a publication record and research interest in online communities of practice in health professional education. Jesse is also involved in the production and delivery of a number of courses in paediatric and adult emergency and critical care. Much of Jesse’s interest in simulation lies at the interface between simulated and real clinical practice, completing his Master of Clinical Nursing project on the implementation of a critical care clinical event debriefing program. An exercise science graduate, sport and functional fitness tragic, Jesse classes himself a lifelong student of teaching, learning, health and human performance. Jesse’s proudest roles are head cheerleader for his wife (a busy academic), and their near-adult daughter, and best friend and co-navigator of life to his young son living with autism and ADHD.
Ben Symon (MBBS, FRACP PEM) is a Paediatric Emergency Physician with a passion for translating clinical and educational research to frontline healthcare workers. He works with Children’s Health Queensland to deliver courses on paediatric resuscitation in regional areas and is project lead on a collection of open access paediatric simulations that have been accessed by educators throughout the world. He is a co-producer of Simulcast where he facilitates the Simulcast Online Journal Club, an online international journal club for simulation educators. He is faculty on the APLS Educational Skills Development Course and the Master Debriefer Course from the Debriefing Academy. Ben’s original degree in Animation has proved surprisingly helpful when it comes to translating complex concepts visually.
Stephanie Barwick is a Registered nurse and Registered midwife and has completed a Simulation Education Fellowship at the Center for Medical Simulation in Boston. As Head of Partnerships, Programs and Innovation for Mater Education, Stephanie takes the benefits of simulation training beyond direct healthcare delivery by applying innovative practices across the whole organisation. She has successfully implemented a number of organisational-wide in-situ simulation initiatives, identifying significant threats to patient safety and experience. Stephanie has current research interest in healthcare consumer engagement in in-situ simulation and currently leads the translational simulation service for Mater Education across Queensland.
Jessica is a Registered Nurse and experienced teacher and educator, in undergraduate and post-graduate settings, using interactive methods to achieve optimal learning outcomes. She has over 10 years’ experience in a range of industry sectors, complex domains and occupational settings. Jessica is active in clinical practice in Intensive Care Nursing and currently leads the Patient Outcomes Improvement Strategy at the John Hunter Hospital. In 2020, Jessica joined Bond University's Medical Program as Assistant Professor.
In 2020, Jessica was awarded her PhD (Medical Education) which explored the interactions between authenticity and engagement in simulations of reality, with a particular focus on moulage. Her research interests lie in trying to understand and enhance the way that people perform in complex, and often highly safety-critical, environments. Her research has attracted a number of awards, including the Best Works in Progress prize for the SimHealth 2015 conference and the 2017 Novice Researcher award by the international Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Jessica has been an invited scholar to the University of British Columbia Centre for Health Education Scholarship, The Wilson Centre and The University of Bern’s Institute for Medical Education. She is an experienced speaker, passionate about creating space for conversations about health, education and diversity and providing tools for determining credibility in science.
Dr Nemat Alsaba is an Emergency Physician at the Gold Coast University Hospital, Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Simulation and the Deputy Director of the simulation program at Bond University. She is currently leading The Bond Virtual Hospital program. Nemat is a Harvard Macy Alumna and a returning faculty facilitator. She is passionate about Geriatric Emergency Medicine, interprofessional education and working with simulated participants. Nemat is also considered a leader in the field of Geriatric simulation locally and internationally.
Chris Nickson is an Intensivist and is the Innovation Lead for the Australian Centre for Health Innovation at Alfred Health. He is an internationally recognised Clinician Educator with a passion for helping clinicians learn and for improving the clinical performance of individuals and collectives. He is the Lead for the ANZCEN Clinician Educator Incubator programme and is on the Board of Directors for the Australian & New Zealand Intensive Care Foundation. He has completed fellowship training in both intensive care medicine and emergency medicine, as well as post-graduate training in biochemistry, clinical toxicology, clinical epidemiology, and health professional education. He was awarded the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society's Ramesh Nagappan Education Award in 2017 and the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine's Teaching Excellence Award in 2018. He is actively involved in leading the use of translational simulation to improve patient care and the design of processes and systems at Alfred Health and coordinates the Alfred ICU’s education and simulation programmes. He is one of the founders of the FOAM movement (Free Open-Access Medical education) and co-created LITFL.com, INTENSIVE, and the SMACC conference.
Suzanne Gough is an Associate Professor in Physiotherapy and Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, at Bond University, Australia. She has national and international experience in healthcare simulation education in the United Kingdom and Australia. In 2016, Suzanne was awarded Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Suzanne’s PhD explored the use of simulation based education in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy and developed the Integrated Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning Design Framework. As Principal Investigator, she has led international project teams to develop simulated patient governance frameworks and training resources for use across the United Kingdom, on behalf of Health Education England. She has delivered presentations, workshops and been invited to speak at national and international conferences. Suzanne’s research interests are currently focused on the use of virtual reality across diverse patient groups, stress and burnout, simulation and technology enhanced learning, gamification and curriculum design.
The Bond Translational Simulation Collaborative is involved with world-first research, and research collaborations, in the area of translational simulation. Our focus is on using simulation to transform healthcare teams and systems.
We aim to:
- Identify, across clinical domains, how simulation impacts high performing teams and provision of clinical care.
- Advance the understanding of how translational simulation impacts organisational culture and patient outcomes.
- Collaborate with international groups seeking to identify best practices, novel methods, and sustainability of efforts.
Below are some examples of our research in landmark publications:
- Translational simulation: not ‘where?’ but ‘why?’ A functional view of in situ simulation
- Improving the relational aspects of trauma care through translational simulation
- Connecting simulation and quality improvement: how can healthcare simulation really improve patient care?
- Doing our work better, together: a relationship-based approach to defining the quality improvement agenda in trauma care