The 9th International Conference on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (ATBH IX) will be held at Auckland University of Auckland (AUT) in September 2018. Click here to access the conference flyer. Please distribute this via your networks.
This research symposium was characterised by a small number of streams (three per session) which resulted in strong audience numbers in each session. There was a lot of interest in the SIF Project, with A/Prof. Moran’s session being attended by approx 35 people participants.
Comments from the audience regarding need for further work included:
the need to include communities (service recipients and service co-designers) in design and delivery of interprofessional models of service particularly in rural/remote communities.
The gap in our understanding regarding the needs of communities in terms of the best health workforce mix of professions to delivery best practice services – we do not yet have a way of mapping this from an interprofessional perspective
Overall a number of the keynote presentations of the conference presentations used big data to describe health and service delivery trends over the past 20 years particularly for chronic diseases. The new national Rural Health Commissioner Emeritus Professor Paul Worley, who was appointed as Australia’s first National Rural Health Commissioner on 11 November 2017, delivered an opening important address where he started to unpack plans for a national rural health workforce underpinned on principles of rural generalism, cultural safety and place.
These ideas give us much food for thought and opportunities for collaboration in our interprofessional work as rural teams are so often fertile locations for interprofessionalism.
The HETI Health Education in Practice Symposium, held in Sydney on the 7-8th May, provided an important opportunity of two members of the SIF Project, Professor Jill Thistlethwaite and Associate Professor Roger Dunston, to present on the development and current status of the SIF Project. Their presentation, titled ‘Embedding interprofessional education in a uni-professional world’, is available to view.
The symposium was a rich event with many diverse presentations. What stood out from many of the presentations and discussions, was a shared interest in the development of interprofessional, collaborative and team based approaches in both education and practice. One important outcome of the meting will see the SIF Project and HETI talking further about possible ways to collaborate around the development of interprofessional approaches that span higher education into practice.
It is with great sadness that we inform our interprofessional colleagues of the sudden death of Professor Scott Reeves on May 4th. Scott has been a colleague, friend, collaborator and expert for the interprofessional community over the last several decades. He has been, and will continue to be, well-known globally as an interprofessional scholar; and he has been editor-in-chief of the Journal of Interprofessional Care since 2010. With a background as a social scientist, he has been involved in health professional education and health services research for over 20 years. His most recent position was at Kingston University and St George’s University of London, in the Centre for Health and Social Care Research. Prior to this he worked in Canada and the USA, following his early career in the UK. Those of us working in this field have cited Scott’s works many many times over the years – he has authored papers, reports, books, book chapters and a blog, many of which have been translated into several languages – and we have heard him speak in many countries around the globe.
Scott is survived by his wife and 3 sons – our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.
The SIF Project has submitted an article to the official magazine of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, The Health Advocate. Check it out here in the April issue. We feature on pages 38 – 39.
Members of the SIF Project Management Team presented at the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Conference, which was held in Adelaide from the 11 – 14 July. We presented on the aims and development of the SIF Project. Along with the presentations we gave, we had a SIF Project stall in the exhibition area. We would like to thank everyone who stopped by to say hello and find out more about the project.