We have released our second project newsletter. It contains important information regarding project work undertaken in 2017, and plans for 2018. Click here to access.
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.
Registration is now open for the 2018 ANZAHPE conference with will be held in Tasmania. Visit the conference website for more information.
The SIF project created a decision making and action focused forum to bring all key bodies together to focus on the establishment of an Australian IPE GDF, and, more particularly, an Australian Interprofessional Education Council. The Round-Table was held at the University of Technology Sydney on the 21st September 2017.
In a report on the round-table, we summarised the major outcomes as follows:
- Affirmed the vision, scope and focus of the SIF project remit
- Reviewed, improved and agreed a statement of purpose and terms of reference for the Australian IPE Council
- Provided advice on how to best auspice and approach funding the work of the IPE Council and other elements of the IPE Governance and Development Framework. This advice focuses on the development of a multi-organisation and consortium based approach
- A number of participating organisations agreed to work together with the project team to explore the benefits and implications of a collective – consortium or centre of excellence approach – to auspicing and funding the IPE Council
- Confirmed interest in working with the SIF project to extend a system wide approach to the design, implementation and sustainability of Australian IPE.
Given the central importance of accreditation for establishing the legitimacy, credibility and necessity for areas of practice and education to be included in core curriculum, the timing of the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) ‘Independent Review of Accreditation Systems with the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professionals’ (the ASR), could not have been better. From March 2017 onwards, the SIF project team members met with members of the ASR. As did many other organisations, we authored and submitted our views on Australian accreditation and the future of IPE.
Our submission drew on research and consultations conducted over the last decade. We also drew on the experience of colleagues internationally. In reviewing the submission Richard Pitt, Chair, of the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE) – United Kingdom – and Visiting Professor Tokyo Metropolitan University, commented: “This is a significant development for Australia to ensure embedding interprofessional education and collaborative practice in the accreditation system. I commend the recommendations the SIF Report makes to the Australian accreditation system and the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. CAIPE welcomes this contribution to the global development of interprofessional collaborative learning and practice.”
Our submission – five recommendations:
Our submission to the ASR was built around five recommendations:
- IPE standards and accreditation to be adopted as part of the Australian accreditation system. This overarching recommendation is to be given effect through the following:
- All accredited professions adopt common interprofessional education standards.
- All accredited professions adopt a common approach to conducting interprofessional education accreditation.
- The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) supports the development of resources, tools and guidelines specifically aimed at enabling the development and successful implementation of IPE and accreditation.
- NRAS establishes arrangements that link the work of a future interprofessional education Council with the work of the national accreditation system.
The ASR draft report included an extensive and extremely positive discussion as to the importance and further development of Australian IPE. The work of the SIF Project also received positive comment.
As far as we are aware, the positive comments and strong recommendations as to the inclusion of IPCP and IPE standards in all curricula and accreditation standards, is the first time that such comments have been made at the national level in such an important COAG initiated review.
The ASR final report is now with COAG Health Ministers. Whichever way the COAG response is developed, we believe a new level of positive recognition has been accorded to IPE and IPCP and their role in ensuring the safety, quality, patient centredness and sustainability of the Australian health system.
Location: Auckland, New Zealand.
Presented by the Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education at the University of Auckland, the Showcase was a full day of fascinating presentations from a wide range of presenters from around the country. The biennial forum was a well-attended event and an excellent opportunity to network within the IPE research community.
The SIF Project Lead, Assoc. Prof. Roger Dunston, was an invited speaker. The presentation from the event is avialable here.
Save the dates: 23 and 24 November 2017
Location: Auckland, New Zealand.
Presented by the Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education at the University of Auckland, the Showcase is a full day of fascinating presentations from a wide range of presenters from around the country. This biennial forum is a well-attended event and an excellent opportunity to network within the IPE research community.
The SIF Project Lead, Assoc. Prof. Roger Dunston, is an invited speaker.
Click here for more information.
A virtual issue on IPE ,which includes recent papers from The Clinical Teacher, has been published. All of these are now available open access for a short time. See this flyer for more information.
The paper raises a specific issue in relation to interprofessional education:
Issue 13: How best could interprofessional education and the promotion of interdisciplinary practice be expressed in accreditation standards that would reflect the priority accorded to them?
The SIF Project Team are currently drafting a submission. Written submissions are due COB Monday 1 May 2017.
The first project newsletter is now available. You can access it in the ‘Newsletter‘ section of this website.
Members of the SIF Project Management Team will be at the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Conference in Adelaide from the 11 – 14 July 2017. We have submitted presentation abstracts for consideration by the conference organisers, and will have a SIF Project stall where you can meet members of our team and discuss the project. More information about the conference can be accessed on the official conference website : http://www.anzahpeconference.com.au/