SWS Clinical Skills and Simulation

Robotic Surgery Simulator

The Centre, thanks to Liverpool Hospital, hosts Australia’s first stand-alone dV-Trainer, a specialised simulator that teaches trainees the baseline skills for robotic surgery using the da Vinci Si Surgical System. Along with a laparoscopic team trainer, for the first time, this allows Australia and other southern hemisphere trainees complete access to MScore proficiency-based system outside the operating theatre.

Built on a compact, portable hardware platform, the dV-Trainer provides access to training when and where its most convenient. Numerous validation studies have been completed that report that the dV-Trainer closely reproduces the look and feel of the da Vinci system. 

The trainer’s MSim platform powers a large number of exercises of increasing complexity, providing the most realistic and life-like simulation available. 

The Centre couples this with the opportunity to extend the benefits of simulation to include team training with the Xperience Team Trainer and procedure specific content using Maestro AR. 

Trainees can export their competency data to the MScore portal for reports on the activities that have been completed on the simulator. 

Get Access

Trainees from Australia and the region are welcome to access the da Vinci system. Requests for access can be made by emailing the Centre

Trainees have access to a range of MSim curriculum including: 

  • da Vinci overview and basic skills training: surgeon console overview; EndoWrist manipulation; and camera and clutching; and 
  • Advanced surgical skills training: needle control and needle driving; suturing and knot tying; energy and dissection; games. 
     

Users can also access Maestro AR software which use visual instruments and augmented 3D case video to advance clinical decision-making and procedural knowledge on actual procedures. This software assists trainees to identify anatomy, anticipate tissue retractions and predict regions for dissection.

The Centre currently has access to a the following procedure(s): 

  • Partial Nephrectomy
  • Hysterectomy 
  • Low Anterior Resection (coming soon)
  • Prostatectomy (coming soon)
     

Rate Card

Trainees from outside South Western Sydney will be invoiced by South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) by the hour for access to the dV-Trainer and Xperience Team Trainer. A rate card is currently under development. In the meantime, please contact the Centre for a personalised quote.

Key Contacts

Chief of Staff, SWSCS
Phone: +61 2 8738 3848
craig.smith@unsw.edu.au
Lecturer, Skills and Simulation
Back to Top