Second Life and inter-professional teamwork in maternity services


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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 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”
  • Second Life and inter-professional teamwork in maternity services

    1. 1. Second Life and inter-professional teamwork in maternity services Sarah Stewart (Petal Stransky) 2010 [email_address]
    2. 2. Vital that midwives, obstetricians & associated health professionals collaborate effectively & professionally
    3. 3. times of handover, transfer from primary to secondary/tertiary care, & obstetric/neonatal emergencies @N07/3098563488
    4. 4. Maternity staff work less effectively when: <ul><li>poor relationships; </li></ul><ul><li>poor communication; </li></ul><ul><li>people do not feel </li></ul><ul><li>valued; </li></ul><ul><li>lack of shared goals. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Effects of working in a dysfunctional team are: <ul><li>increased stress; </li></ul><ul><li>increasingly poor communication; </li></ul><ul><li>misunderstandings; </li></ul><ul><li>unsupportive & unprofessional behaviour </li></ul>
    6. 6. Women & families are left feeling they have received sub-optimal care
    7. 7. Clinical mistakes are made which have dire effects on maternal & neonatal outcomes
    8. 8. Health professionals may require support & education to explore how they can work successfully together, develop relationships & improve communication
    9. 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
    10. 11. Second Life and Public Health
    11. 12. Petal Stransky Sarah Stewart
    12. 13. Authentic & immersive learning experiences
    13. 14. Safe place to explore clinical scenarios
    14. 15. Access to international community of medical & health educators & researchers
    15. 16. Access to communities of health care consumers Cape Able Island, haven for deaf, hard of hearing & people with disabilities:
    16. 17. Te Wāhi Whānau: The Birth Place
    17. 23. Questions to think about <ul><li>What issues do we face as staff in our local maternity services? </li></ul><ul><li>What professional development, education and support do we need? </li></ul><ul><li>How can Second Life facilitate that education etc? </li></ul><ul><li>What do we need to do to make it happen? </li></ul>
    18. 24. [email_address] Second Life: Petal Stransky Twitter: SarahStewart Skype: sarah.m.stewart Presentation available: