IMPORTANT: Role players need to be available on both days.
Your role may be as a simulated patient, carer or consultee, depending on the scenario. In whatever role, you are provided with a detailed script, and undertake specific training to standardise your role to the script and with the 7-8 other role players in this same station.
In the OSCE examinations, there is no requirement of role players to formally evaluate, by marking, the candidates.
The following are the common types of roles:
As a simulated patient:
* Giving the history of your complaint or problem to the candidate in response to his/her enquiries, i.e. telling your story.
* Receiving information from the candidate about findings, possible or proven diagnoses, tests required and their results, the nature of the condition and prognosis.
* Receiving advice from the candidate about the treatment which may include medication, a procedure, referral to another doctor or allied health professional.
* Participating in counselling or psychotherapy.
* Giving your response to the candidate about such information or advice, or seeking further clarification. This may need to be given in a particularly emotional way, or with a particular unusual response, which will be scripted.
* Allowing the candidate to examine you.
* Playing the role of a member of the patient's family
* Playing the role of another member of the treatment team or community member
Role Demands and Adverse Incidents
The clinical situations you are required to replicate are commonly occurring and often distressing conditions or events. There is some chance your tasks may be uncomfortable for you. Depending on the nature of the problem or situation, which you are replicating, and depending upon your individual life experience, the demands of the role may be stressful.
There is time set aside at the conclusion of the examination day for talking as a group with an InterACT facilitator leading the discussion about your experience. Please don’t apply if you do not find yourself in good mental health to play these demanding roles.
Guidelines for Role Players
Detailed instructions provided on the Training Day will indicate:
* the place and circumstances of your contact with the doctor
* whether you have seen this doctor before
* what to say to the doctor and when, prescribed statements or questions
* past medical history, family history, social history
* other personal details
* how to play the role.
IMPORTANT! This information is to be studied and needs to be learnt before the day of the examination.
You should be prepared to replay your role up to 16 times. Some stations require consistent behaviour towards each candidate e.g. with the questions to be asked, whilst in others your responses will vary according to the candidate's approach. In the latter case guidelines are provided.
You may be required to appear anxious, depressed, stoic, resigned, satisfied, compliant, relieved and so on, and you may be instructed to vary this response in reaction to differing candidate approaches.
Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates* Roleplayer Training Day: Friday 13 September 2019
11:45am – 5:00pm Pan Pacific Hotel
* Exam Day: Saturday 14 September 2019
8:00am - 6:15pm Fiona Stanley Hospital or Royal Perth Hospital
$45 per hour
Please note that after your application we will review your details. If you are a suitable candidate we will require you to apply through our online application form. Please provide us with your email address to we can provide you with the link.
Anyone, aged 23 to 60
- Acting experience: Previous paid speaking roles
Applications closed 27 August 2019.