The Federal Government has given a go-ahead and started a ‘state of the art’ facility at the University of Technology, meant to train the nurses and midwives by working with robotic patients. It is a $5 million dollar initiative to train the students with the clinical experience that they require to work in the industry. It is a combined effort of Federal Government as well as UTS, which donated $2.4 million and $2.6 million respectively.
The facility would host nine new labs dedicated for both adult and infant simulation robots in the form of mannequins. According to the Health Minister, Tanya Plibersek, the main aim of this initiative is to increase the standards of healthcare in Australia as there is a dire need for better training of nurses. By working on simulation mannequins, the nurses would gain certain experience, which would help them in real life scenarios. Health industry is very intense and a nurse who is like a navigator for a doctor can’t make mistakes.
These mannequins would have similar human features like chest movements along with heart and lung functions. They would also feature a lot of possible health conditions. The nurses under training would have to take care of these mannequins and run simulations of distress which would give them a firsthand experience of situations without worrying about the safety of patient.
These trainees cannot be put directly into a real life scenario because if they make mistake there, it could mean life and death of a patient, which is why robotic simulations is the best idea. There would be nearly 900 students that would take part in this training process in the robotic labs. This is the only university in the state with this facility.