Preparing health professions students to be collaborative practice ready
High quality and safe healthcare is best delivered by a team that works in collaboration with the person receiving care and with each other.
Interprofessional collaborative healthcare is of increasing importance for effective and appropriate responses to social and health inequities, the rising prevalence of chronic health conditions and global pandemics.
At the University of Melbourne our new team of Interprofessional Education and Practice academics and clinicians are working together to support the development of our health professions students to be ‘collaborative practice ready’ through 'interprofessional education'.
The University of Melbourne Interprofessional Education and Practice team is actively involved in contributing to national and international learning and teaching best practice in interprofessional education through research projects, grants, awards, conference presentations and publications.
Research & Publications
Current Research Project HRE 2057688.1 ‘The experiences, learning impacts and feasibility of participants engaging with wholly online ‘Interprofessional Education Facilitator training’. Research Team: Ms Joanne Bolton, Dr Karen Donald, Dr Sundari Joseph and Professor Lesley Diack.
Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Invited Website bulletin article ‘Ways of knowing in healthcare – an interprofessional immersive approach’ Ms Joanne Bolton, Dr Sarah Meiklejohn, Dr Ngaree Blow, Dr Karen Donald, Professor Elizabeth Molloy, Dr Kate Reid, Associate Professor Anthea Cochrane, Associate Professor Louisa Remedios, Dr Zerina Tomkins, Mr Josh Cubillo, Dr Cindy Ahern, Ms Tamara Clements (Not yet published)
Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) ‘Learning from Indigenous Place and Voice: An Interprofessional Learning Experience’ Ms Joanne Bolton, Associate Professor Louisa Remedios, Ms Shawana Andrews, Dr Ngaree Blow and Tamara Clements
Awards & Grants
University of Melbourne Learning and Teaching Grant 'A 'professional noticing' pedagogy to support collaborative practice in healthcare $30,000
Project Leads: Professor Elizabeth Molloy, Joanne Bolton, Dr Charlotte Denniston, Nick Bridge, Dr Karen Donald, Dr Deb Virtue, Dr Corinne Tey, Naomi Norris
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences Learning & Teaching Seed Grant ‘Whose role is it anyway? Developing professional identity through interprofessional education and practice’ $5000 Dr Sarah Meiklejohn, Ms Joanne Bolton, Dr Karen Donald
University of Melbourne Learning and Teaching Grant ‘Teaching and learning together: Co-developing online interprofessional cultural safety training for MDHS staff and students’ $24,000 Project Leads: Ms Joanne Bolton, Ms Shawana Andrews, Dr Ngaree Blow, Associate Professor Louisa Remedios
Project Advisory Team: Associate Professor Lilon Bandler, Mr Alister Thorpe, Ms Madelyn Hudson-Buhagiar, Dr Sarah Meiklejohn, Dr Karen Donald, Associate Professor Anthea Cochrane, Ms Naomi Norris
IPE Curriculum Framework
The Faculty of MDHS's Interprofessional Education & Practice Development (IPEP) curriculum framework aims to develop students who are Collaborative Practice Ready when they transition into practice. Six core IPE competencies guide all learning and teaching IPE activities:
- Role Clarification
- Team Functioning
- Collaborative Leadership
- Interprofessional Conflict Resolution
- Interprofessional Communication
- Person/community centered care
The IPEP learning and teaching curriculum activities are integrated across the stages of students programs.
- ENGAGE with the 6 IPE competencies during 'beginner' program activities within curriculum
- EXPERIENCE an authentic interaction of the 6 IPE core competencies during 'middle' program activities, and
- ENABLE the 6 IPE core competencies during 'end' program leadership activities.
Framework adapted from the Canadian National Interprofessional Education Competency Framework
The Interprofessional Education & Practice Development (IPEP) Committee is comprised of staff and students representatives from throughout the Faculty. The IPEP Committee meets bimonthly to guide and support all Interprofessional Education curriculum activities.