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Otago Clinical Skills Laboratories

Taiwhanga Pūkenga Haumanu ki Ōtākou

Excellence through hands-on clinical education

OCSL_webThe Otago Clinical Skills Laboratories (OCSL) are a joint initiative between the Dunedin Medical Campus (DMC) and the Southern District Health Board (SDHB).

The OCSL provides clinical skills training and education to undergraduate students of the DMC, and to SDHB clinical staff. The purpose of the facility, and its programmes, is to provide a safe and effective learning environment for health professionals to develop, refine, and maintain their clinical skills, and to offer enhanced learning opportunities for both medical students and SDHB clinical staff.

The OCSL is a resource that contributes to the best possible outcomes for the health of our community, with patients treated by clinicians who continue to gain and maintain their skills in a safe learning environment rather than by trial and error.

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One week of simulation-based education and training.

OCSL is proud to present the 2019 SIMULWEEK, in association with the Southern District Health Board and Dunedin School of Medicine. This week includes the annual symposium, workshops and plenary lectures featuring Professor Victoria Brazil, Jesse Spurr, Dr Cara Thompson and Co-Director of OCSL Dr Ohad Dar. 

Download the SIMULWEEK flyer (PDF)

Simulation Symposium 2019

18th March 2019

Morning Workshops: 8am-12pm
Complimentary Lunch: 12pm-1pm
Plenary Lectures: 1pm - 4pm

Free of charge. Numbers limited

Download the Simulation Symposium programme (PDF)

Please register here

2-Day Simulcourse Advance 2019

19–20 March 2019

An advanced, two-day workshop open to all health professionals who wish to integrate simulation into their education and quality improvement programs.

Participants will be provided with an advanced understanding on how to design, deliver and demonstrate the value of simulation-based education program. A focus on debriefing structure will help facilitators defuse difficult debriefing conversation and maximise the translation of educational objectives into clinical practice. Educators with no previous simulation experience are welcome to enrol.

For full information, including costs, please download the 2-Day Simulcourse Advance programme (PDF 183KB)

Please register here

1-Day Simulcourse 2019

21 March 2019

Participants will be provided with a grounding on how to design and deliver simulation-based education effectively, as well as focussing on debrief techniques and reflective discussions which will help translate educational outcomes to clinical practice.

Key topics include:

  • Designing and delivering simulation-based learning
  • Designing and delivering scenarios
  • Debriefing and debriefing dilemmas
  • Hot topics –simulated patients/buy in and sustainability

For full information, including costs, please download the 1-Day Simulcourse programme (PDF 183KB)

Please register here

For all enquiries, please contact Paul Medeiros.


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Our location and workspaces

The OCSL is located on the second floor of the Fraser Building, which has entrances on Cumberland Street and Hanover Street.

Map showing location of the Fraser Building at 154 Hanover Street, Dunedin.

Venue users and bookings

The venue is heavily utilised by the DSM as part of the Advanced Learning in Medicine (ALM) programme. Years four to six (ALM4–ALM6) and the SDHB facilitate and deliver many courses, workshops, and programmes through the OCSL. As part of the DSM/SDHB joint initiative these personnel are given booking priority.

Any organisations or courses held outside of the DMC/SDHB joint initiative will be subject to OCSL's hiring fees for venue space and/or equipment.

All OCSL venue utilisation is pre-booked through the Operations Co-ordinator, with all equipment and personnel tracked and registered for data collection purposes.

The OCSL offers a limited (but useful!) range of clinical education equipment for loan to SDHB departments (adhering to OCSL policy) for clinical training and education purposes.

As a venue, the OCSL can support a capacity of 80–100 personnel at any one time, with limitations to attendant capacity per area.

See details of our workspaces

How to book

To make a booking for venue space, equipment loan, or further enquiries, contact the OCSL Operations Cooordinator.

Paul Medeiros
OCSL Operations Co-ordinator
Email or

The OCSL operates Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm.

Hiring fees

View or download the OCSL hiring fees schedule for 2018 (PDF) *Please note that fees are subject to change


The OCSL operates a strict food and drink policy.

Food and drink are not permitted to be consumed in any of the OCSL clinical teaching spaces with the exceptions of:

  • The patient and student waiting areas
  • The kitchenette
  • The main corridor

Bottled water only may be consumed in:

  • The SECO clinic rooms
  • The tutorial room
  • The main clinical area (at the main table only, not the clinical practice area)

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Our people

Dr John Edmond Director

Dr Ohad Dar Co-Director

Paul Medeiros Operations Co-ordinator

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