Profile coming soon…… (in progress)

Dr Richard Riley, MB BS, FANZCA, DABA, FSSH

Anaesthetist, Author, Creator of first Dictionary of Simulation, Society for Simulation in Healthcare Fellow and inaugural convenor of IMSH conference.

Join us as we learn about Richard’s simulation journey over the course of his clinical career…

Richard Riley

How did you first become involved in simulation?

First wrote to David Gaba (Stanford, USA) in 1996 asking for the instructions for building a modified mannequin for ACRM (Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine) training.  

Later the WA Branch of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists was invited to select a group of interested anaesthetists to become local champions of simulation. Then worked at CTEC for 3.5 years.

What type of courses/workshops do you facilitate?

Training anaesthetists across all levels: EMAC | Emergency Management of Anaesthetic Crises. Maybe NEXUS.

What useful tips do you have for new instructors/others who are starting out in simulation?

Read around the topic, undertake some courses, mix with like-minded enthusiasts; and stay humble because it’s not about you, it’s about the participants.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you provide your younger self regarding simulation?

Learn to write a business case, speak frequently to those who hold the purse-strings because funding is precious and very limited.

What do you regard is your greatest contribution to simulation based training? (clearly Richard is modest!)

Convening the inaugural meeting of IMSH, and then convincing some kind colleagues to write the chapters for a book; while all I did was put together the first dictionary of simulation. 

Dictionary of simulation, 2nd edition, is available here:

Manual of Simulation in Healthcare, described here: tps://