Clinical & simulation-based learning

Clinical and simulation-based learning is an important part of all of our health and biomedicine courses. It is compulsory for accredited courses in dermal therapy, midwifery, nursing, osteopathy, paramedicine.

Simulation-based learning



Simulation-based learning blends the theory with practice and provides students with experience of simulated patients and technologically-complex manikins that reproduce important aspects of patient physiology. Students receive repeated opportunities to learn, practice and receive specific and immediate feedback to help them develop their expertise.

The technology records student accomplishments and allows them to reflect on their performance and debriefing allows students to actively reflect on their actions, motivations, understanding of concepts and review the impact of their simulated interactions.

Simulation facilitators are supported by specialist staff who work with discipline-specific experts to develop scenarios, validate scenarios, train for debriefing, prepare simulated participants and develop contextually-detailed settings within the simulation environment.

Inter-professional education and practice is a key driver of 21st Century health care practice and provides students from two or more professions the opportunity to learn together during part of their professional education.

Simulation labs & health clinics

Professional learning experiences take place in a broad range of settings such as industry, community enterprises and simulated workplace environments, and include:

  • industry or community projects
  • internships and placements
  • fieldwork or practicum
  • apprenticeships and traineeships
  • co-operative education.

The College provides learning, teaching, research and practice facilities for the next generation of health professionals through VU's health & personal service clinics, industry based projects and state-of-the-art, purpose-built simulation spaces.

Osteopathy clinic

Senior students in the Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) provide treat visitors at the Osteopathy clinic, under supervision of qualified and registered osteopaths.

All students are undertaking their clinical practice and have completed extensive study of Osteopathy in the classroom and laboratory.

Dermal clinic

Treatments at the Dermal clinic are performed by trained students in the Bachelor of Dermal Sciences, under the supervision of qualified dermal clinicians.

Nursing clinical model

Our nursing clinical model is an innovative program for nursing students designed to enhance clinical learning experience, and offers students opportunities to:

  • experience the true nature and challenges of contemporary nursing practice
  • work alongside expert clinicians
  • enjoy positive, and supportive clinical learning environments across the spectrum of nursing specialities.

Students are required to complete 100% of their clinical learning hours to be eligible for a certificate of completion and registration.

With state-of-the-art technology, our nursing and paramedic laboratory facilities are designed to simulate a hospital environment. Our nursing simulation labs enable video recording from fixed cameras with live video streaming capabilities for greater student participation in learning.

Paramedic clinical placement

Paramedic clinical placement is an introduction to the responsibilities and experiences of the ambulance paramedic.

Under the supervision of a clinical instructor, students are progressively introduced to the responsibilities and experiences of the ambulance paramedic.

Placements occur in a variety of settings, including the Non-Emergency Patient Transport (NEPT) sector and Ambulance Victoria, and based on study level, students are given the opportunity to engage with patients as a regular paramedic would.


Clinical Placements Office

Phone: +61 3 9919 2708
Paramedic students email:

Enquiries about Health Simulation

Dr Karen Livesay
Director of Health Simulation (Multidisciplinary)
College of Health and Biomedicine
Phone: +61 3 9919 2123