GENEROUS DONATION: Professor Reid-Searl was thrilled to accept a cheque for $6000 from Emu Park Lions to fund her new innovative silicone dolls.
GENEROUS DONATION: Professor Reid-Searl was thrilled to accept a cheque for $6000 from Emu Park Lions to fund her new innovative silicone dolls. Contributed

Lions donate to replica of world’s first procedural puppet

EMU Park Lions have donated $6000 to Professor Kerry Reid-Searl of CQUniversity for a replica of the world's first silicone procedural puppet, that will be utilised in Rockhampton to teach nurses and students about peadiatric care.

The framework for the simulation puppet is termed PUP-Ed (KRS simulation) which is an extension of the MASK-Ed (KRS simulation), a world first simulation technique developed by Professor Kerry Reid-Searl in 2008 that involves the use of silicone body parts being used over the educator to hide their own persona.

The hidden educator then transforms into a patient and the patient becomes the teacher and is treated by students.

This innovative and exciting teaching technique has now gone world-wide.

Professor Reid-Searl said it was an effective approach to teaching.

"Not only does it engage, and capture the students' attention, it allows students to experience real-life scenarios and practise in the safety net of the classroom," she said.

Professor Reid-Searl continues to challenge herself by piloting and designing new props to increase students' learning experiences.

Two years ago she decided to address the specific needs of children by using the same teaching framework she developed with MASK-Ed to puppets.

Puppets were used in hospitals and classrooms to teach nurses and students about care.

Research revealed that cloth puppets were an infection control issue and, as a result, Prof Reid-Searl designed a silicone puppet that can be easily cleaned and includes many aspects that allow students to perform procedures on the puppets.

Sick children can also use the puppets to perform procedures, allowing them to take more control over their illness.

The idea was drawn up and last month the puppet was finally built at a cost of $20,000 which included the cost of the mould, creation and other elements.

To replicate the puppet is a cost of $6000.

Lions members were so amazed at the Professor's presentation of her MASK-Ed & PUP-Ed (KRS simulation) at their recent meeting they presented her with a cheque for the first replication of the puppet.



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