In order to meet the demands of clinical education for entry-level students, the health, education and government sectors are working collaboratively to develop innovative methods of clinical training. In 2010 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) established Health Workforce Australia (HWA) to facilitate reforms across the health and education sector.
The Simulated Learning Environment (SLE) National Project, managed by HWA, is investigating whether the use of simulated learning modalities could contribute to increased capacity of the health system to provide clinical training. In 2012 HWA requested a review of the role of Simulated Learning Programs (SLPs) in the education of professional entry-level podiatry students. An advisory panel has been formed of Australian academics and podiatry clinicians with experience in the delivering of SLPs to provide project governance.
This report provides a detailed analysis of SLPs currently used in podiatry entry-level programs across Australia.