AGM 2019

Executive committee & WASHA’s purpose

As incoming WASHA chair for 2020, I would like to thank outgoing committee members, Rory Trawber and Kirsty Freeman, and incoming members for their ongoing support and promotion of health simulation in WA. 

WASHA has now been in operation for over three years, and will continue to have an important role supporting and representing over 221 members across W.A. 

WASHA provides a ‘voice’ on behalf of members to government, advocating for shared vision to improve patient safety and clinical outcomes. The two annual WASHA events provide opportunities to share and promote research and network with like-minded colleagues.  


With the recent formation of the Department of Health Clinical Simulation Training and Advisory Network (CSTAN), some members have wondered about the role of WASHA.  WASHA will work collaboratively to support the network, but also has complimentary focus: advocacy for member’s agendas, support for research collaboration and networking events to sustain our community of practice.  

AGM Reports

Following are a couple of the highlights from the recent annual general meeting, held on 25th September 2019, at UWA’s School of Health Professions.

Jeff Hamdorf (WASHA’ inaugural chair) provided a summary of activities completed over the last year.  Jeff acknowledged the considerable international recognition of WASHA members, Kirsty Freeman and Michelle Kelly, who will be inducted as Fellows of IMSH at upcoming conference in San Diego, January 2020. Kirsty has been deeply committed in establishing WASHA processes as inaugural secretary, and she is also co-convening this conference.

Kirsty also led an interesting panel discussion about ‘non-technical skills’ that included Ellen Taylor, Di Dennis and Tom Redfern.

Healthcare Simulationist Code of Ethics

A resolution was passed unanimously at the meeting, that WASHA endorses the Healthcare Simulationist Code of Ethics (2018) and encourages individuals within the Alliance to ‘adopt it for their professional use. Link here: 

World cafe outcomes & CSTAN grants

Findings from the September Research Symposium world cafe event were shared, with actionable outcome being the formation of research sub-committee to plan the research agenda for WASHA in 2020.  Michelle Kelly, who is now responsible for the research portfolio and represents WASHA on CSTAN, will lead these efforts.

CSTAN’s call for grant applications will shortly be announced:  WASHA will inform all members firstly via newsletter, and subsequently via web. 

We hope to see you at the next WASHA event.

Kind regards,
Heidi Waldron.