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Chair: Dr Karien Henrico

(University of Johannesburg)



  • Dr Marvin Jansen (University of Cape Town)
  • Dr Riaan van de Venter (Nelson Mandela 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.
  • The Simulation SIG will present a workshop on low-cost simulation at the SAAHE 2022 conference titled:  Operationalising simulation in resource-constraint contexts: Tips for planning and implementing simulated learning experiences. Guest presenters during the workshop are:

          A/Prof Allison Mandrusiak (The University of Queensland)

          Prof Mathys Labuschagne (University of the Free State)

  • Plans for 2022 include establishing an online area where members can share and access simulation-focused resources.


For any further information contact Sr Espen at

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