All Together Better Health IX

September 2018 | Auckland, New Zealand

Pre-Conference workshop facilitated by Associate Professor Roger Dunston, Professor Dawn Forman, Professor Gary Rogers and Tagrid Yassine.

Our preconference workshop, titled ‘Sustaining Interprofessional Education in a Uni – Professional Environment: A Focus on Work Occurring within the Australian Context’, was well attended with around 40 delegates in attendance. The presentation from the workshop can be accessed here.

Dawn started the workshop with general introductions and gathered information about what the delegates were most interested to gain from the workshop. The general queries were with regard to:

  • Interprofessional capabilities
  • Interprofessional curriculum development
  • Interprofessional facilitation
  • Sharing of ‘Good Practice’
  • Professional/Interprofessional Accreditation
  • Governance and Organisational arrangements

In summarising the projects which had led to the Securing and Interprofessional Future Project (as listed below) most of these objectives were covered prior to the coffee break and the audience were asked to consider the 4D curriculum framework and how this would work in their organisation, teaching learning and assessment considerations and how the competencies/capabilities could be measured and recorded.

  • Interprofessional health education in Australia: The way forward (2009)
  • Interprofessional Health Education: a literature review, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney (2011)
  • Interprofessional education for health professionals in Western Australia: Perspectives and activity (2013)
  • Interprofessional Education in Health: a national audit (2014) (contained in-)
  • Curriculum Renewal for Interprofessional Education in Health (2014)
  • Work based assessment of teamwork: an interprofessional approach (2015)
  • Curriculum Renewal in Interprofessional Education in Health: Establishing Leadership and Capacity (2016)
  • SIF Project submission to the COAG, Accreditation Systems review (2017)

All reports can be accessed on the SIF Project website.

Many examples of interprofessional delivery were provided by the audience and as many of these had been implemented at Griffiths University, Gary was able to indicate how colleagues had collaborated with local services in ensuring practice placements as well as theoretical input was being integrated into the curriculum. Dawn also provided examples from Curtin University and the University of Derby.

After coffee, Roger and Tagrid led the discussion with regard to what had been achieved in the SIF Project to date. Outlining the response which had been made to the Woods (2018) accreditation review and the four elements of the governance framework (image provided in first section of this newsletter).

Roger and Tagrid outlined how this was a key development for Australia and that the Project Management Team together with the Project Reference Group had managed to make great progress on establishing each of the 4 elements. The project is now on track to conclude by December 2018 when it is hoped that an initial ‘Collaboration’ will be in place will be in place prior to the National IPE Advisory Group being established.

A few photos from the conference are presented below.


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