Collaborating across discipline boundaries is a key theme underpinning much of Maree O’Keefe’s work in health profession curriculum development and education research. Although relevant across higher education, it is particularly important that healthcare disciplines embrace interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaborative learning in alignment with contemporary models of healthcare delivery. Building on the existing extensive literature on challenges and theoretical frameworks, and in partnership with a number of Australian universities, her recent work as an OLT National Teaching Fellow has identified common models of interprofessional learning. Work continues nationally with education providers and professional accreditation councils to find ways to secure interprofessional learning in Australian health professional education now and
into the future. As Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, in the Faculty of
Health Sciences and Deputy Chair of the University of Adelaide Academic Board, Professor O’Keefe has a key leadership role in learning and teaching across a range of health discipline programs. She continues her clinical practice as a paediatrician and has over 25 years’ experience of teaching and major curriculum innovation in health. She has held a number of appointments to national committees and councils as an expert in health profession education and standards development. Her research interests include
interdisciplinary collaboration, interprofessional learning, and developing quality clinical experiential learning environments. Professor O’Keefe has won a number of institutional and national grants and awards for her teaching and health education research.