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NSW’s Westmead Hospital Exploring Virtual Reality

Hoping techniques could revolutionise the way clinicians are trained in life-saving skills through renowned comprehensive, highly specialised and complex services.

Currently, clinicians undergo training with a simulation lab dummy as part of their annual accreditation process. The new virtual reality application has been built using a game engine, so the decisions made by the clinicians determine the treatment received by the patient – just like in a real cardiac arrest scenario.

The University of Sydney has funded the $40,000 prototype app as part of its $80m investment into technology, infrastructure and student growth at Westmead Hospital. The app, which is being built by Australian virtual reality tech company Frameless Interactive, is in its final stages of beta testing and soon ready to be shown to clinicians.

Western Sydney Local Health District nurse educator Nathan Moore stated, “We’re not just utilising technology for the sake of technology. We’re looking to fill a real need in our training by giving people the opportunity to practice the skills they’d need in a real emergency.”

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