Three years of “CASMS”: the world’s busiest medical simulation centre

Richard H Riley, Amanda M Grauze, Neil H Trewhella, Claire Chinnery and Ross A Horley
Med J Aust 2003; 179 (11): 626-630.


  • Medical simulation is a relatively new teaching modality suitable for medical education at all levels, although its long-term benefits have not yet been validated.

  • Simulation allows the participant to practise diagnosis, medical management and behavioural approaches in the care of acutely ill patients in a controlled environment.

  • Simulators have achieved widespread acceptance in the fields of anaesthesia, intensive care and emergency medicine. More recently, team training for pre-hospital and within-hospital multidisciplinary medical response teams has become popular.

  • The increasing number and diversity of courses at “CASMS” parallels the evolution of simulation centres into regional clinical skills centres elsewhere. Such centres are likely to become a cost-effective means of achieving greater consistency in medical skill acquisition and may improve patient outcomes after medical crises.

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  • Richard H Riley1
  • Amanda M Grauze2
  • Neil H Trewhella3
  • Claire Chinnery4
  • Ross A Horley5

  • 1 Centre for Anaesthesia Skills and Medical Simulation (CASMS), Clinical Training and Education Centre (CTEC), University of Western Australia, Perth, WA.
  • 2 Medic Vision Ltd, South Perth, WA.


Competing interests:

Ross Horley is the Director of Medic Vision Ltd, a specialist audiovisual engineering company.

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