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Grant to link Victorian and Canadian nurses via latest VR tech

An innovative research grant will bring digital skills to the fore, as Holmesglen partners with Canada’s Grande Prairie Regional college to develop the next generation of healthcare workers in Australia and overseas.

Led by Health Workforce and Simulation Clinical Chair Debra Kiegaldie, the Study Melbourne Research Partnerships Program Grant, delivered by Veski, will grow our collaborative international learning (COIL) capability.

Entitled ‘The COIL Project: Building an international nursing education and research partnership using digital technologies’, the program aims to facilitate collaborative research between learners across the world.

At Holmesglen’s Moorabbin and Bourke Street healthcare hubs, local students will share ideas, patient simulations and techniques virtually with nursing students almost 14,000km away at Grand Prairie Regional College.

The project will develop new online education environments and build more resources – giving Holmesglen an opportunity to pioneer learning in the field of nursing.

“The research will lead to increased capability of the future nursing workforce, while increasing their capacity to be involved in research and be part of an international community.

“We are making leaps and strides in simulation-based education and are fostering ongoing partnerships with international institutions to strengthen our global network,” said Debra.

Nursing innovation – At a glance

  • The implementation of virtual reality into nursing education at an international level

  • New experiential learning opportunities for nursing students

  • The development of an international nursing community of practice

  • Holmesglen’s partnership with Canada’s Grande Prairie Regional College continues on the new venture

  • We previously worked with the North American education provider on a faculty exchange and developed a student exchange program

​Find out more about our nursing courses and how we're connecting our students with learning opportunities.

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