AIPPEN update

An update regarding the Australasian Interprofessional Practice and Education Network (AIPPEN) has been provided in the recent ANZAHPE E Bulletin. You can find this on page 17. The update has been provided by A/Prof. Monica Moran and Prof. Jill Thistlethwaite, after a well attended open meeting for people already associated with, or interested in, being part of AIPPEN took place at the recent All Together Better Health (ATBH) IX conference in Auckland in early September.

Visit by Professor John Gilbert to the University of Technology Sydney

In August 2018, Emeritus Professor John Gilbert, expert and pioneer in interprofessional education, visited the University of Technology Sydney for a series of presentations. Prior to John delivering a keynote address at the ‘All Together Better Health IX’ conference in Auckland, we were privileged to host John at the University of Technology Sydney – one of the many universities where john holds an adjunct position. Continue reading

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.

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Seminars at the University of Melbourne

August 2018 | Melbourne, Australia

Presented by Professor Dawn Forman and Keryn Bolte

We recently took to opportunity to deliver two leadership development seminars and two SIF Project seminars to colleagues at the University of Melbourne. These seminars were kindly organised and co presented by Dawn Forman for the SIF Project Management Team and Keryn Bolte from the Department of Rural Health and were presented to around 100 colleagues including researchers and supervisors from the department of rural health, executive and health service colleagues from North East Health plus the cross university Work Integrated Learning Committee of the University of Melbourne.    Continue reading

Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Health Educators conference

July 2018 | Hobart, Australia

Symposium presented by Associate Professor Monica Moran, Professor Maree O’Keefe, Professor Gary Rogers,  Professor Carole Steketee and Tagrid Yassine.


The SIF Project team presented a symposium at the 2018 ANZHAPE conference in Hobart. The symposium was titled ‘Sustaining interprofessional education in a uni-professional environment’. The presentation can be accessed here.

The conference was a success with over 350 delegates in attendance. There was a strong interprofessional theme throughout the conference program.

We look forward to the next conference in Canberra in 2019. Please visit the ANZHAPE website for more information.

6th Rural & Remote Health Scientific Symposium

RuralRemoteHealth_Day2_Moran 2.jpgAssociate Professor Monica Moran, member of the SIF Project Management Team, recently presented at the 6th Rural & Remote Health Scientific Symposium. The event was held in Canberra from the 11 – 12 April. A/Prof. Moran’s presentation titled ‘Building national capability in interprofessional education and practice: learning from Australian research’, is now available to view.

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.

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Associate Professor Monica Moran with Associate Professor Anthony (Tony) Smith from the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health

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.