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Episode 33: Nursing Mannequins and Earthquake Research

Nurses play an integral role in the day to day care of many sick and injured people across Australia and the world.  But how do they hone their skills?  Visions looks at how a new set of interactive and responsive nursing mannequins at the University of Melbournes School of Nursing and Social Work are helping improve tomorrow's nurses today.  Our second story takes a closer look at the structural integrity of some of Carlton's more iconic architecture, and whether it could withstand an earthquake.

More information

Model Patients Boost Nursing Students' Skills:
High-tech mannequins are the star recruits at the University of Melbourne School of Nursing and Social Work’s new simulation ward.  The mannequins and the ward give nursing students the chance to hone their skills in a realistic environment before they head out for their clinical training in hospitals.  The new ward – at Level 5, 234 Queensberry Street Carlton - will be open on Open Day on Sunday 17 August.

For additional information on the School of Nursing and Social Work go to http://www.nursing.unimelb.edu.au
For more info on Open Day go to http://www.openday.unimelb.edu.au.

Demolition Earthquake Research:
An Office of Housing project has enlisted the expertise of The University of Melbourne, Swinburne University of Technology and Delta Demolitions to assess how medium -high rise public housing behave under seismic conditions.  It is a rare occurrence that Australian researchers get to test urban buildings for their performance under earthquake conditions. They were able to do so at the demolition of part of the Carlton Public Housing Estate in June 2008.

The study is part of an ARC Discovery grant with Melbourne and Swinburne Universities.  For more information go to http://www.civenv.unimelb.edu.au/research/groups/infrastructure_protection_group/earthquake.html.

Credits

Model Patients Boost Nursing Students' Skills:
Produced by Janine Sim-Jones
Camera by Clive Banfield
Edited by Rob Cross

Special thanks to School of Nursing and Social Work clinical skills facilitators Arlene Costello and Tracey Teague, and Nursing students Alice Chrichton and Dave Pillekers.

Demolition Earthquake Research:
Produced by Rebecca Scott
Camera by Clive Banfield
Edited by Rob Cross

With thanks to:
University of Melbourne
•    A/Prof Nelson Lam (Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering) Chief Investigator ARC Discovery Grant
•    Dr Emad Gad (Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
•    Dr Phil Collier (Dept.of Geomatics)
•    Ms Rupali Bhamare (PhD candidate, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
•    Mr David Heath, (PhD candidate, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
•    Ms Anna Sonnet, (PhD candidate, Dept.of Geomatics)
•    Mr Eldar Rubinov, (PhD candidate, Dept. of Geomatics)
•    Mr Bidur Kafle, (PhD candidate, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Swinburne University of Technology
•    Prof John Wilson (Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences) Chief Investigator ARC Discovery Grant
•    A/Prof Emad Gad (Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences)
•    Mr Ari Wibowo, (PhD Candidate, Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences)

Office of Housing, Dept of Human Services
•    Ms Fiona Hodges (Engineering Project Manager, Property Services and Asset Management)

Delta Demolitions
•    Mr Robert Hughson (Project Manager)
•    Mr Frank Albrecht (National Technical Manager)

Thanks to C.R. Kennedy Pty Ltd and Leica Geosystems for their generous support of this project.