About Us

South Coast Simulation runs courses in emergency management, conducted by a team of practicing doctors with a broad range of simulation and medical education experience.

Meet the Team

Dr Taff Hughes

Taff Hughes has been working in a rural setting for 31 years. Though trained as a Specialist Anaesthetist, he started life in GP training with a view to working in rural practice. His early years in the Shoalhaven were much more of a Hospital Generalist role than a modern-day Anaesthetist. Taff is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Education with University of Wollongong. He uses his extensive experience to create innovative real-world simulation scenarios. Both his work & simulation experience gave him the impetus to adapt ALS/BLS training to better fit GPs in rural practice. GPs know the reality is that they will need to rely on their practice staff in times of crisis. For Registrars, his courses will tick all the boxes required for their RACGP or ACRRM training requirements but will also touch on the realities of a GP practice team approach. For GPs already in practice, his courses are about whole of practice training.

Dr Sal Sanzone

Sal Sanzone is a hospital generalist with significant experience in a broad range of medical specialties, including critical care. He is a qualified GP anaesthetist and an ALS instructor with the Australian Resuscitation Council. Sal is passionate about medical education and currently leads the simulation programme at the University of Wollongong’s medical school.

Dr Vicki McCartney MB BS, DCH, Dip Paeds (UNSW)

Vicki has a history of extensive Paediatric training in both Australia & the UK where she ran a neonatal ICU at Edgeware Hospital in London. She chose a quieter life on her return to Australia and has been a GP in the Shoalhaven for 30 years. Vicki has been proud to be a Partner in her own thriving General Practice for 19 years. She is a Senior Clinical Lecturer with the Graduate Medical Program at UOW and is a long standing GP Supervisor. Being part of the development and support of GP Registrars coming to the Shoalhaven is part of the vision for her professionally.

Dr Jarrod Alkemade MBBS, DCH, FRACGP

Jarrod is a General Practitioner and GP supervisor who brings energy and enthusiasm to the team.

Dr Bronwen Spalding MBBS, FRACGP

Bronwen is a General Practitioner with interests in medical education and educational technology. She provides technological support to the team at South Coast Simulation. She graduated from the University of Wollongong, trained at RPAH and now enjoys being a rural GP along with being a Case-Based-Learning tutor for first and second year UOW medical students.

Dr Archie Hughes B. Med (Uni of Newcastle)

Archie is a doctor in training with interests in Emergency and Anaesthetics. He has spent the last 2 years at Westmead Hospital though he is on secondment to Gosford for the busy summer holidays in their ED department. He will be commencing an ED/Anaesthetic SRMO position at POWH in February 2018. He has been involved with Simulation training in the past & has attended the Advanced ARC program in 2017.

Sim Man, Sim Jr. & Colleagues

Our Sim mannequin family leads an action-packed lifestyle full of unfortunate medical mishaps, but they’re always willing to come back for more!