Chair: Bronwen Espen
(Stellenbosch University)


  • Bronwen Espen (Stellenbosch University)
  • Prof. Matthys Labuscagne (University of Free State)
  • Dr Elize Archer (Stellenbosch University)


Simulation is the modelling of behaviour or action by a person. Healthcare simulations may be used in Education, Assessment, Research and Health System Integration.

Simulation encompasses role play, using standardised patients; procedural skills training, using task trainers; team training, e.g. advanced life support using manikins and computer simulations.


To allow Healthcare Professions Educators to collaborate and support one another; to share experiences and promote simulation innovation within Southern Africa.

Proposed objectives

  • Provide quality assurance of simulation teaching, learning and assessment practices.
  • To promote research in simulation; in particular the role of teaching and assessment, by the development of a research agenda.
  • To promote the role of simulation in quality assurance, team building and improved patient safety within the health system, i.e. the clinical areas.
  • To share best practices.
  • To act as an advocacy body for the promotion of simulation in Health Professions Education.

Proposed activities

  • Establish an electronic database of persons using simulation in HPE.
  • Develop Regional simulation Groups.
  • Host regional meetings.
  • Host an annual meeting at the SAAHE national conference.


To join any of our SIG’s and obtain SAAHE membership, please complete the membership form.

For any further information contact Sr Espen at