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This is a presentation I gave in Alice Springs at the "Breathing new life into maternity services" conference in which I talk about various opportunities for education and training midwives and …

This is a presentation I gave in Alice Springs at the "Breathing new life into maternity services" conference in which I talk about various opportunities for education and training midwives and doctors to collaborate in an authentic but safe environment in Second Life

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  • A 3D, real-time, fully interactive, online digital world Multi User Virtual Environment (MUVE) Not a game Open source Imagined, created & owned by its residents An extremely rich virtual environment “ MUVE is currently used as the term to describe a persistent 3D graphical environment accessed over the internet which allows a large number of concurrent users, represented by their avatars to interact synchronously”
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    • 1. Second Life and inter-professional teamwork in maternity services Sarah Stewart (Petal Stransky) 2010 [email_address]
    • 2. Vital that midwives, obstetricians & associated health professionals collaborate effectively & professionally www.flickr.com/photos/74821452@N00/208439427
    • 3. ...at times of handover, transfer from primary to secondary/tertiary care, & obstetric/neonatal emergencies http://www.flickr.com/photos/8566600 @N07/3098563488
    • 4. Maternity staff work less effectively when:
      • poor relationships;
      • poor communication;
      • people do not feel
      • valued;
      • lack of shared goals.
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/26121794@N07/4324240167
    • 5. Effects of working in a dysfunctional team are:
      • increased stress;
      • increasingly poor communication;
      • misunderstandings;
      • unsupportive & unprofessional behaviour
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/29487767@N02/3247821179
    • 6. Women & families are left feeling they have received sub-optimal care http://www.flickr.com/photos/26667277@N00/329534159
    • 7. Clinical mistakes are made which have dire effects on maternal & neonatal outcomes http://www.flickr.com/photos/84217240@N00/304117210
    • 8. Health professionals may require support & education to explore how they can work successfully together, develop relationships & improve communication http://www.flickr.com/photos/72511036@N00/205125227
    • 9. Multi-user virtual worlds such as Second Life one way of simulating clinical scenarios in which health professionals can come together & learn how to work together in a team
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    • 11. Second Life and Public Health
    • 12. Petal Stransky Sarah Stewart
    • 13. Authentic & immersive learning experiences
    • 14. Safe place to explore clinical scenarios
    • 15. Access to international community of medical & health educators & researchers
    • 16. Access to communities of health care consumers Cape Able Island, haven for deaf, hard of hearing & people with disabilities: http://virtualability.org/our_projects.aspx
    • 17. Te Wāhi Whānau: The Birth Place
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    • 23. Questions to think about
      • What issues do we face as staff in our local maternity services?
      • What professional development, education and support do we need?
      • How can Second Life facilitate that education etc?
      • What do we need to do to make it happen?
    • 24. [email_address] Second Life: Petal Stransky http://sarah-stewart.blogspot.com Twitter: SarahStewart Skype: sarah.m.stewart Presentation available: http://www.slideshare.net/sarahs