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  • How do I get to the simulation centre?
    We are a short 10 minute walk from St Leonards railway station. We recommend the train if you are coming from the airport as Sydney traffic can be challenging in peak hour. Buses go direct to the hospital or along the Pacific Highway out front of the hospital. Check out the free TripView app for bus and rail timetables on iphone and android.
  • Where can I park and how much does it cost?
    There are 2 visitor car parks at RNSH which are operated by Wilson's Carpark. You can prepay on line for a discounted daily rate from $15. This rate is for entry to the carpark between 06:30am - 09:30am and exit between 15:00pm - 19:00pm. Book online at There is also an option for multi-day courses; you can trade your full priced one day ticket for a three day ticket at a discounted price. This is only available in the Wilson Car Park office in Carpark 2 opposite the main hospital building.
  • I'm coming from a distance - where should I stay?
    There are a number of accommodation options within a short distance from RNSH. Some offer discounts for people attending courses at the hospital so please mention it to see if you are eligible. The premises below are listed in no order of preference. Best Western Hotel Twin Towers (distance 1.5km) 4 Stars Comfort Inn North Shore (distance 2.9km) 3.5 Stars Urban St Leonards (distance 0.6km) 4.5 Stars Quest St Leonards (distance 1.3km) 3.5.Stars
  • What do I wear?
    For courses with a practical simulation component, we recommend participants wear normal work attire to simulate "work mode". Appropriate clothing for a clinical environment, including closed-in footwear and scrubs/uniform is preferred if available. Our critical care participants will usually wear scrubs. We encourage you to bring your own, but we do have a small supply of theatre scrubs for those who are unable to access. For WHS purposes, all participants must wear enclosed footwear in the simulation rooms due to risks from sharps and other clinical equipment. Thongs, sandals and other open-toed shoes are not permitted in the simulation rooms. For participants who do not wear scrubs, appropriate clinical attire that allows you to perform activities such as CPR is recommended.
  • Should I bring my lunch?
    We provide morning/afternoon tea for all our commercial courses. Full day courses also have a catered lunch except those courses for NSLHD staff development. Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies at time of booking. NSLHD Staff development courses are not catered, but you may bring lunch with you and store it in the centre fridge. The hospital has a range of retail food and beverage outlets available within walking distance of the centre.
  • Is this training worth CPD points or training hours with my professional registration body or college?
    Yes, at the very minimum all of our courses are worth the face to face teaching hours in general CPD. Courses with specific college accreditation will have a note in their descriptions. For example, EMAC is accredited with ANZCA.
  • I've never been in a simulation - what's involved?
    Simulation is a new experience for some clinicians. We recreate realistic clinical scenarios in a room that looks like a clinical environment, and ask you to perform your job as you would in the real world. Each scenario lasts for approximately 10 - 15 minutes, and is followed by a facilitated discussion called a debrief. In this discussion we aim to compare what happened in the scenario with best practice and reflect upon what aspects we as a group (participants and facilitators) are pleased with, what aspects we would like to change and how we might do that. Have a look around the centre and meet the staff in this 2 minute video
  • Do you take photos or record the sessions?
    We do not routinely record audio, visual or still imagery of our simulation sessions. We have a sophisticated audio-visual system with cameras and microphones placed throughout the centre. We use these for monitoring the program, taping scenarios for later review by participants during the debrief, and streaming video and audio throughout the centre. Any videos recorded are destroyed at the end of the course. At times we may request written permission to record a session for research purposes but you have no obligation to agree and it will not affect your participation in the course. It is a centre policy that no-one may take photos or record sessions for personal use. We take participant confidentiality very seriously and ask that you maintain as confidential the details of specific scenarios and the performance of others.
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