“A new virtual reality (VR) training program is giving police officers the chance to virtually stand in someone else’s shoes.
The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has launched a program to provide empathy-based training by simulating scenarios with people who are experiencing mental health issues.
Trainees use a VR headset to enter into a virtual world where they will have access to three different modules: autism, schizophrenia and suicide prevention.”
By John Lesavage/CBC News
Image & Video: Associated Press
Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/halton-police-virtual-reality-1.5376107
“The potential for using virtual reality in healthcare education is enormous, especially in teaching the humanistic skills of compassion and empathy, but to date the prohibitive cost has limited its application,” said Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust Director of Education, Dr Matt Halkes in a statement.
“However, the introduction of cardboard headsets combined with smartphones now makes it an affordable and scalable option, and has enabled us to realise our ambition of bringing virtual reality into the classroom. This opens up an entirely new field of educational delivery and it is enormously exciting to be at the forefront of its development.”
By Peter Graham at VR Focus
Read more: http://vrfocus.com/archives/30266/uk-hospital-using-google-cardboard-in-second-stage-of-vr-training/