Interprofessional education for health professionals in Western Australia: Perspectives and activity (2012)

This report is the outcome of research funded by Western Australian Department of Health (WA Health) to ‘identify and analyse existing interprofessional health education (IPE) activity’ in Western Australia (WA) universities. It is an exploratory study, using WA as a case study in recognition of the scope and range of activities taking place in WA institutions, primarily universities.

The research consisted of interviews with 28 key informants and a comprehensive review of IPE activities in health disciplines in four universities: Curtin University (CU), Edith Cowan University (ECU), The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) and The University of Western Australia (UWA).

Taking into account both the extent of collaboration that already occurs in WA universities and the diversity of culture and approaches to interprofessional learning, the report concludes that establishing common coursework curriculum criteria would be an enormous task. However, the universities are well positioned to establish common crossdisciplinary competency and capability standards and assessment criteria that could become Australian exemplars.