In safe hands

MEET George. He breaths, has a heartbeat and can even froth from the mouth - but he is not your ordinary patient. 

George is one of four computerized mannequins who came to visit Bombala Hospital staff last week aboard the Sister Alison Bush Mobile Simulation Centre used to train staff with different scenarios. 

NSW Health lead clinical nurse educator Kirsti Dixon said that George, along with the other mannequins, were invaluable learning tools for health staff.  

“George is incredible. We can perform CPR on him and we can even practise a limb trauma on him,” Ms Dixon said. 

“With George we can go through a scene with hospital staff and improve systems that in place, improve leadership skills and refresh staff on skills they already have in a safe environment.

“We have had ambulance staff, doctors, nurses and even hospital staff training at Bombala, it’s an awesome tool.” 

Along with George is a child mannequin, a pregnant mannequin and an infant that are all used in training classes aboard the bus.

The truck’s estimated value is 1.6 million dollars and is partially funded by Sister Alison Bush AO who was one of the state’s longest serving and most influential midwives. 

She became an Officer of the Order of Australia and in 2009 was honoured at the NSW Aboriginal Health Awards for her work in improving the lives of Indigenous Australians. 

The 19-metre-long truck and trailer was named in memory of the inspirational midwife and is changing the way clinical training is delivered in regional areas of NSW. 

The Sister Alison Bush Mobile has been tracking around the state, delivering onsite education to rural and remote areas. This was her first visit to Bombala and it is hoped she will return next year. 

So far the simulation centre has helped to train more than 1 000 rural health staff at 24 small rural and remote sites, covering approximately 12 000 kilometres in its first year. 

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