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Empathy Simulation Training Suit and Training Program

Discover the experience of people living with a disability or impairment
For ten years the Empathy Suit has been helping educate students on what it feels like to live with and care for a person with an age or disability related physical impairment.

About the Empathy Simulation Training Suit

The Empathy Simulation Training Suit is a collaborative project led by the Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health in partnership with the School of Rural Health in Orange and the Commercial Development and Industry Partnerships unit at the University of Sydney.

Over the past ten years the Empathy Suit has been used as an in-house simulation training tool for over 250 health sciences students studying at the Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health.

Aims of the Empathy Suit

The Empathy Suit is designed to:

  • give the wearer a first-hand opportunity to experience what it feels like to live with and care for a person with an age or disability related physical impairment,
  • build an experiential understanding of the importance of empathy in healthcare,
  • encourage healthcare workers to incorporate this into their professional practice.

After significant interest from the aged care and health service industries, the Empathy Suit and a one-day training package are available for purchase.

Learn about how the Empathy Suit works

What's it like to live with a disability? An introduction to the Empathy Simulation Training Suit.

Training program

Enter information about the training program here.

  • What will they learn?
  • How is it delivered? 
  • Who is it for?

How can I purchase a suit or book the training?

After significant interest from the aged care and health service industries, the Empathy Suit and a one-day training package are available for purchase.

Please either complete our 'Register your interest' form or send us an email at: empathy-suit.info@sydney.edu.au.

More about the Empathy Suit

  • Over 250 undergraduate health science students from a range of Universities across Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and South Australia have participated in the full day Empathy Suit simulation program in Broken Hill.
  • One of our longstanding partners, the ACH Group has currently trained over 800 staff. ACH Group is a not-for-profit organisation providing aged care services across South Australia and Victoria.
  • Empathy Suit used to simulate elderly challenges used to train aged care workers
    Read the feature on ABC News here.
  • Empathy Suit gives aged care workers insight into challenges older patients face
    Read the full story on The Senior here.
  • Paul Bennett is teaching empathy and enhancing student learning experiences
    Read the full story here.
  • Paul Bennett, Researcher and PHC Education Officer

  • Anna Noonan, Business Development Manager, Regional NSW and Rural Health

Contact us at:

E: empathy-suit.info@sydney.edu.au

 

Lead developer

Paul Bennett, Researcher and PHC Education Officer
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