Innovations in Training: Responding to a Crisis in Virtual Reality

Have you got what it takes to save lives in a disaster? 

Join Australia’s leading VR company as they present on creating a VR experience to prepare students to apply first aid in a disaster

The UNSW PVCESE Innovation Pillar, in collaboration with the faculty of Arts, Design, and Architecture’s Master of Simulation and Immersive Technologies, is proud to host an exciting and insightful lunchtime talk by virtual reality industry leader Spectre Studios on using Virtual Reality (VR) to prepare for crisis events.

In this hybrid face to face and online session, Mick Byrne from Spectre Studios will discuss creating a VR experience to prepare students to apply first aid in a disaster, and attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the use of emerging immersive technologies as an instructional strategy. Those attending face to face* will be able to experience the VR training firsthand, while those attending online will be able to see a livestreamed demonstration of the technology. 

*Note, while online participation is unlimited, the face-to-face tickets are strictly limited, so make sure to book early if you'd like to attend in person.

This event is for anyone with interests in the use of VR for teaching, visualisation and decision making, as well as anyone preparing students to apply skills and knowledge in high-stress situations, such as in medicine, defence and emergency management.

VR has widespread applications in training, including preparing professionals to navigate stress or danger. Spectre Studios have partnered with TacMed Australia to form a Digital Medical Simulation and Training arm called EmergiSim (Emergency Simulation). Since then, EmergiSim have developed a complete VR training platform for military medics, civilian paramedics and first responders.

EmergiSim’s VR experiences place users into simulated disaster events, delivering a more realistic training experience than traditional mannequin or scenario-based training. By highlighting the need to maintain situational awareness and apply sound decision-making in a crisis, the technology ensures that those who put their lives at risk to save others are as well prepared to meet those challenges as possible.


About the Speaker

Mick Byrne headshot

Mick Byrne is the co-founder of EmergiSim VR Training and Business Director at Spectre Studios VR & Virtual Production. Spectre Studios is Australia’s leading visual effects and virtual art studio, working with clients in feature film, government, education, defence and health. Spectre Studios’ EmergiSim arm have delivered projects to ambulance services, fire departments, aeromedical organisations, NGOs and corporate medical clients in Australia and internationally.