The affordable hands-on training event for those individuals and institutions using healthcare simulation technology will be celebrating its 8th year with events in the United States and around the world. 


SimGHOSTS 2018 Australia
In Collaboration with: Simulation Australasia, ASSH, and the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge

Host: University of the Sunshine Coast Sippy Downs, QLD

Pre-Symposium: 27th June, 2018 Symposium: 28th-29th June, 2018

Early Bird Registration (Ends May 31) USD$425/AUD$570 Regular Registration USD$575/AUD$770

SimGHOSTS are returning for their fourth event in Australia, to be held at University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, Queensland. As a special event for 2018, SimGHOSTS are collaborating with Simulation Australasia, the Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare (ASSH), and the 7th Annual Serious Games Showcase & Challenge to hold SG18AUS – a combined conference that is expected to attract an audience of program directors, clinicians, educators, academics, technology/operations specialists, and game developers. The program highlights the use of technology and virtual environments in simulation programs and aims to bring the spectrum of simulation professionals together to improve learner and patient outcomes.



Join hundreds of Simulation Champions from around the world at our annual international hands-on training events! The “Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists” which will be operating its eighth year as a US-based non-profit 501(c)3 organization based out of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 2018 SimGHOSTS events will provide a meeting place for you to exchange ideas and network with peers as well as receive specialized training in:

  • Manikin hardware repair and software programming
  • Audiovisual equipment debugging
  • IT networking and infrastructures
  • Moulage makeup
  • Team communication & leadership techniques
  • Simulation education methodology
  • Research methodology and projects
  • Debriefing
  • Serious Games, VR and AR
  • and much more.

You will also have opportunities to meet with simulation-based vendors to engage with the latest in healthcare education technology. 

Review the event brochure here to learn more about what's on offer!

Download the Justification document here to help you explain to administrators the great reasons to attend!

Who Should Attend SimGHOSTS Events?

Anyone involved in the technical operation of a clinical simulation lab, or clinical educators tasked with the day-to-day operation of simulation spaces. Anyone evaluating medical-simulation based technology for purchasing decisions should strongly consider attending as many major industry vendors exhibit and/or demonstrate their range at SimGHOSTS events.

Educators, game developers, academics and clinicians who are interested in learning more about how to use different simulation modalities to achieve learner outcomes and how to collect data on simulation activities.

Administrators of simulation programs should also consider sending their institution's AV and IT related staff members who are responsible for supporting the simulation program. In our most recent events, staff from AV and IT departments outside of the healthcare simulation program found immense benefit from participating in SimGHOSTS to better understand the needs of their institution's simulation program!

Check out the recaps from our previous events to see what SimGHOSTS is all about!


Event Partners

Simulation Australasia (SimAust) is delighted to join the 7th annual Serious Games Showcase & Challenge Australasia (SGSCA) and be a partner in SimGHOSTS 2018. The SimAust divisions - Australian Society of Simulation in Healthcare (ASSH), Professional Development Committee (PD) and Human Dimensions in Simulation (HDS) are collaborating with SimGHOSts to infuse research and workshops designed to engage our members. 

Simulation Australasia is an organisation changing the way companies and institutions do business. As a membership based organisation they are the leading simulation based organisation in Australasia. They are strategically placed to engage and enable innovative and interactive collaborations across industry and government, with a track record in research, collaboration and networking. 

SimAust is working toward transforming the world of education and work-based training through creating government approved certification of simulation.

Explore the Simulation Australasia website here. 

The 7th Annual Serious Games Showcase & Challenge Australasia (SGSCA) will be held at SimGHOSTS in 2018. 

Serious Games are games that are about more than just entertainment - they impart knowledge while entertaining. Serious Games highlight issues, improve education, and help to explain or solve complex problems. Serious Games can make complex topics more easily understood and engaging. The challenge is a fantastic opportunity for national and international exposure among the simulation and IT communities and is open to serious gaming application of all technologyis including: PC, Mobile, Console, VR, AR and Wearable tech. 

The winner of the SGSCA is awarded automatic entry to opresent their game at the International Serious Games Showcase and Challenge held at the I/ITSEC conference in Orlando, Florida. 

Learn more about the Serious Games Showcase and Challenge finalists here. 



The University of the Sunshine Coast was the host of SimGHOSTS’ inaugural Australian event in 2014 and we are delighted to return to their campus for our 2018 event. USC’s innovative physical spaces cater for shifts in student mobility, changes in teaching practice, and the adoption of new and emerging technological tools. SG18AUS will be based in the new $37m Engineering Learning Hub which boasts one of only four 3D CAVE2 visualisation studios in the world. The campus also features state of the art simulated nursing and paramedicine labs, specialised computer, science, manufacturing and design labs, and a range of interactive digital learning spaces.

Learn more about our host on the USC website!



Extend your stay and enjoy the great weather!

Plan an extended trip with some time to enjoy the mild temperatures and mid-winter sunshine. SimGHOSTS have negotiated a discount for event attendees who stay at nearby Mooloolaba and Alexandra Headland Breakfree and Mantra Resorts that is valid from 25 June through to 2 July. Details will be provided on registration. Free bus transport from Mantra Mooloolaba Beach to the USC campus  will be provided for attendees.

Mantra Mooloolaba Beach

Located on the Esplanade, Mantra Mooloolaba Beach features 191 fully furnished one, two and three bedroom suites each with a private balcony and sweeping ocean or garden views. Onsite you will find a variety of dining options as well as many leisure facilities including two swimming pools, a spa, sauna and fully equipped gym. All suites have a kitchen and washer/dryer. A supermarket is accessible through a short walkway.



Mantra Sirocco Self-contained two and three bedroom apartments all with large balconies and spectacular views over Mooloolaba Bay. Accommodation offers sleek and modern design with marble and granite finishes in both the kitchen and bathrooms. Outdoor architecturally designed heated swimming pool for guests to enjoy a dip no matter what the season.



Mantra ZanzibarSuitable for groups, Mantra Zanzibar on the Sunshine Coast offers exotic inspired architecture and features two and three bedroom apartments all with a strong East African influence expressed through its decor and soft furnishings. Other standard features across all apartments include a fully equipped kitchen, laundry, cable TV, DVD player, internet access and hairdryer.



BreakFree Alexandra BeachA pleasant 20 minute stroll from Mantra Mooloolaba Beach, BreakFree Alexandra Beach has affordable 1, 2 and 3 bedroom self-contained apartments with everything you'll need for your Sunshine Coast stay. There are lots of great cafes, bars and restaurants in Alexandra Heads, within easy walking distance of the resort.



From Maroochydore Airport (MCY)

Sunshine Coast Cabs operate to and from the Airport. The taxi rank is located in front of the arrivals hall of the terminal. A taxi service fee of $2.00 applies to all taxis picking up passengers from the Sunshine Coast Airport Terminal. There is no charge for set down at the airport. A taxi fare to Mooloolaba is approximately $35-$40.

Con-X-Ion provides a shuttle service to local hotels. Shuttle stops are located at a designated coach stop, to the left on exit from the arrivals hall. For bookings and specific routes contact the shuttle bus service directly . A one-way shuttle from the airport to Mantra Mooloolaba Beach is $18.

TransLink operates a public bus service that services Sunshine Coast Airport. The bus stop is located to the right of the arrivals hall. Fares range between $3.25-$4.70 for a one way trip to Mantra Mooloolaba Beach. For timetables and travel planners visit the TransLink website or telephone 13 12 30.

From Brisbane Airport (BNE)

Airlink Transfers operate private transfers between Brisbane Airport and Mooloolaba. Prices are available from

Con-X-ion operates a shuttle service from Brisbane Airport. A one-way transfer to Mantra Mooloolaba Beach is $53 and a return transfer is $100. For bookings and luggage information go to

TransLink operates a public transport service from Brisbane Airport . Journeys begin at the domestic and international train stations. Fares range between $30-$40 for a one way trip to Mantra Mooloolaba Beach. For timetables and travel planners visit the TransLink website or telephone 13 12 30.

Between Mooloolaba and University of the Sunshine Coast

SimGHOSTS will provide free return bus transfers between Mantra Mooloolaba Beach and University of the Sunshine Coast for the beginning and end of each conference day.

If you require transport during the day please use the TransLink public bus service.The bus stop is 300m from the Mantra Mooloolaba Beach, walk north on the Esplanade to Meta Street. Bus 615 will take you to University of the Sunshine Coast. Approximate journey time is 20 minutes and fare ranges between $3.25-$4.70.


 Purchase a membership to both SimGHOSTS and Simulation Australasia during your event registration for just AUD$280 (USD$215)

The learning doesn't stop at SimGHOSTS events! Join 3,000 simulation champions from around the world communicating every day answering questions, sharing tips, and creating content! An annual website subscription provides significant benefits for you and your simulation team:

Video Library - Over 300 recorded sessions from previous SimGHOSTS events are immediately available to watch. Topics range from AV system design to daily utilization increases and from manikin programming to moulage creations. Instantly learn from global experts and leading vendors!

Weekly or Daily Newsletter - Follow all the latest updates with a weekly newsletter of blog and forum topics.

Forums Discussion Groups - Ask questions, gather answers, search for previous conversations, and share your successes on the only permanently saved forums dedicated to the operation of simulation technology.

Document Database - Download community provided templates, example forms, policy and procedure guides, job descriptions, standard operating procedures, tutorials, and more.

Simulation Jobs Board - Post and read open positions specifically related to healthcare simulation.

Online Training Programs - Exclusive to subscribers is access to our online training courses covering a range of simulation technology operational topics.

Simulation Australasia provides a forum for those involved with simulation, to allow for discussion and distribution of information, and to further advance the research, development and use of simulation technologies and practices in Australasian society, industry, academia and government.

Simulation Australasia Membership Benefits include:

(1) Connect with clients and associates

  • Attend regular networking events and seminars across Australasia at member rates
  • Exhibit at and/or attend our annual national conferences at member rates
  • Participate in Simulation Australasia online networking forums (LinkedIn groups)
  • Promote your organisation on the Simulation Australasia website and (if relevant) in the Industry Capability Directory with logo, profile and link

(2) Stay current in the profession

  • Receive regular eNews, updates on Specialist Community activity, new members and other opportunities to your inbox
  • Complimentary access to research papers online

(3) Create opportunities for career advancement

  • Access to Simulation Australasia Professional Certification process at member rates
  • Access to professional development courses or seminars at member rates (may be run by 3rd parties)
  • Nominate yourself or staff to join the Thought-Leaders group or Specialist Community committees

(4) Provide you with exclusive member benefits

  • Give feedback through regular surveys and direct communication so we become the voice of Australasian Simulation industry to government, media and other industries globally
  • Partner with Simulation Australasia, e.g. host a SimAust event in your facility
  • Receive one vote at Simulation Australasia AGM (student members excluded)
  • Receive a Simulation Australasia membership certificate
  • Receive marketing opportunities in our publications at member rates
  • Liaise with our Partnerships Manager to tailor a partnership specific to your needs