Instructor training

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The SCSSC is an experienced provider of training for instructors of health educators, clinical supervisors, simulation centre personnel and people involved in the design and business development of simulation and skills centres.

Our team

Our instructor development program is led by Clinical Associate Professor Leonie Watterson MBBS FANZCA MClin. Leonie has completed a Masters in Clinical Education; the ACRM instructors' course (Stanford); the Simulation Instructors' course (Centre for Medical Simulation Harvard University) and the Advanced Paediatric Life Support course.

She was an original developer of the ANZCA EMAC Instructors course and has a decade of experience providing instructor development training for health professionals. Leonie is joined by senior simulation faculty: John Vassiliadis, Adam Rehak, Kavita Varshney and Stephanie O'Regan, who have credentials in simulation instructor development – along with several of our experienced visiting instructors.

Our course instructional design program is led by Stephanie O'Regan RN, B Nurs, MHSM, MHSc(Ed). Stephanie has a Masters in Health Science (Education).

The technical training program which focuses on the use of different simulators, programming and moulage is led by Sue Wulf, who has over a decade of experience with simulators.

Chris Carpenter, our biomedical engineer, leads our mobile simulation systems and in-situ simulation training program and training in the use of audio-visual training adjuncts including key event marking software.


Courses are customized to client's training needs from a wide range of topics including instructor and supervisor development; course instructional design; assessment under simulated conditions; working with video playback and event marking; mobile systems; setting up a simulation centre; and workplace learning and assessment.

Instructor development

Principles of effective instruction

  • Adult leaning
  • Learning styles
  • Matching teaching style to learners' experience levels

Working with small groups

Procedural skills training

  • Conducting practical skills workshops
  • Integrated procedural and communication skills training

Scenario-based learning

  • Pause and discuss scenarios
  • Simulated problem-based learning
  • Full immersion scenarios

Debriefing and facilitation

  • Facilitating group discussions
  • Feedback
  • Reflective debriefing
  • Incorporating video-playback and event marking into debriefing

Workplace learning

  • Supervision skills
  • Formative assessment
  • Learning portfolios
  • Workplace assessment

Course instructional design

Curriculum design

  • Training needs analysis
  • Designing courses
  • Evaluating courses

Creating an effective training environment

  • Writing scenarios
  • Preparing learning for simulations
  • Training faculty as actors in simulations
  • Stage management of simulation training

Technical training

Programming scenarios

Operation of simulators

  • Laerdal: Simman; Simman 3G; Simbaby; VitalSim (including ALS and megacode simulators)"


Mobile, in-situ simulation and AV

Video and other audiovisual adjuncts

  • Setting up cameras, microphones and AV equipment
  • Videorecording
  • Key event marking; Laerdal and Studiocode

Mobile systems

  • Equipment inventories
  • Project management
  • Teaching with mobile systems

Assessment in a simulated enviroment

  • Writing MCQs
  • Simulated OSCEs
  • Assessing performance under simulated conditions
  • High stakes assessment

Centre development

  • Setting up a training centre
  • Writing business plans
  • Maintaining standards
  • Understanding your mission, values and "training products"
  • Managing clients

Enquiries about instructor training can be directed to .