Manikin to teach medical students

A LIFE-sized manikin that can manage multiple births will help deliver state-of-the-art simulation instruction to students at a new university medical training centre.
The $2 million Chameleon Clinical Skills Training Centre at the John Hunter Hospital in NSW is equipped with three simulation laboratories that can replicate a range of medical emergencies and obstetric cases.
The birthing manikin, called SimMum, cost $43,000 and is the first of its kind in use in Australian teaching centres.
Dean of Medicine at the University of Newcastle’s joint medical programs, Professor Ian Symonds, said the laboratories gave the students the opportunity to rehearse vital skills in a safe clinical environment, just as airline pilots simulate emergency situations during training.
 “It’s not a replacement for dealing with real patients, it could never be that, but it is a complement as it provides a