The formal and full name of this project is, Securing an interprofessional future
for Australian health professional education and practice. For ease of use we have already adopted a shorter name, the ‘SIF’ project. The evidence that informs the directions of this new national project was developed from a synthesis of the findings from a number of studies of Australian interprofessional education conducted over the past decade. These directions have been tested in a number of national and state consultations held across 2014 and 2015. A report from the national consultations can be accessed here.
Significance and innovation
Australian IPE is changing. From its historical position as a local and frequently marginal development on the edges of the curriculum, IPE is increasingly identified as essential to the achievement of interprofessional and collaborative practice capabilities (IPCP) – capabilities deemed as central to effective future health practice. However, within the Australian higher education and health contexts there has been no structure, process or arrangements to bring all key stakeholders from higher education, health, government and the community together in an ongoing way to design and implement interprofessional education and an interprofessional approach to health practice.
What does the project aim to do?
The project has been funded to lead and develop a whole of system approach to Australian IPE as a way of contributing to the delivery of high quality, patient responsive and sustainable health services. The project will work in close partnership with all relevant stakeholders to ensure that every student who graduates from an Australian university with a health profession qualification at entry level has achieved the core capabilities required for successful interprofessional and collaborative practice and continuing interprofessional learning across their professional lives.
Targeted areas of development and capability building
Building on previous IPE development activity in Australia and internationally, and in close partnership with all relevant Australian stakeholders and two regional bodies – AIPPEN (the Australasian Interprofessional, Practice and Education Network) and ANZAHPE (the Australasian and New Zealand Association of Health Professional
Educators) – the project will focus in three areas:
- Establishing national IPE leadership to shape and enable the development of Australian IPE/IPCP into the future. A national IPE Leadership Council has been proposed
- Enhancing faculty capacity in the areas of interprofessional education and pedagogy. A national working party has been proposed
- Establishing a national IPE research and knowledge development agenda, together with a regional knowledge repository and dissemination hub. A national working party has been proposed
The design and implementation of a ‘National IPE Work Plan’ has been suggested as a way of ensuring Australian IPE development is connected, coherent and developmental.
Methodology and Evaluation
The project draws on a range of approaches to making and sustaining change – in the case of SIF, the development of a national IPE governance and development framework. One key element in our approach in making change is the use of a form of integrative evaluation.
We anticipate the project, the Council and the Working Parties will hold a number of national and regional events during 2017 and 2018. Detailed information regarding these events will be circulated early next year.
How can you become involved?
The active involvement of all stakeholders will be critical to the success of the project. You can sign up to our project newsletter for regular updates. You can also register an expression of interest to participate in the project. Detailed information regarding ways in which individuals and organisations can participate will be provided in the coming months. We would greatly appreciate your support.
The project team
The project team is drawn from eight universities and two Partner organisations – see our ‘People’ page for more information. The project’s management team includes an interprofessional grouping with broad experience in health professional education, curriculum design, health practice and professional learning and change management. The project is supported by an eminent national and international reference group.
Project contact details
We look forward to working with you.
Associate Professor Roger Dunston
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of Technology Sydney
Funding for this project has been provided by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.