NZASH was incorporated as a Society in 2004 after an initial simulation interest group meeting in Hamilton, New Zealand.
The steering committee members were Jenny Weller, Rob Sinclair, Alan Merry, John Windsor, Dale Sheehan, Iwona Stolarek, Lesley Dennison and Brian Robinson.
It is a non-profit association with an elected executive committee who work for the Society on an unpaid basis.
Membership is open to all those interested in simulation techniques in healthcare: particularly educators/researchers/ supporting staff from undergraduate and postgraduate education, from pre-hospital and defence healthcare, and from medical, nursing and allied health professionals in private and public institutions.
NZASH has formal terms of reference.
In brief, the Society aims to provide:
- a coordinating network for collaboration on healthcare simulation activities in NZ, including research
- representation of the views of members on healthcare simulation
- educational support and resource information for providers of healthcare simulation, including educational meetings
- a forum for national issues including standards, funding and other associated matters
We continue to explore ways NZASH can add value to it’s members and develop healthcare simulation in New Zealand.