I've been doing a lot of acting role-play work for many years now. Often, I work as a Simulated Patient for various hospitals, universities and institutions, helping to train doctors, medical staff and medical students in communication skills and high stakes emergency or surgery situations. I also do corporate role-play jobs for large organisations and businesses and have this year been doing such work for the State Government of Victoria. It is confidential so I can't share the details, but it is very rewarding work, using my skills as a professionally-trained actor to assist in the understanding of human interactions and ultimately, the development of greater empathy. When you do this type of work, you see the impact of it immediately as the simulations are often so real and believable. It's wonderful work for an actor and I feel very lucky that all my "on the side" jobs utilise my acting abilities. It means I'm practising my craft every, single week.
I've been working rather intensely with staff at the Royal Children's Hospital recently, helping them practise for extreme Code Grey emergency scenarios. This is very rewarding acting work which challenges me to play various characters in heightened states in a live hospital ward set-up. This was today's character.