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Division of Health Sciences Centre for Interprofessional Education

IPE Strategy and IPE Centre


The Division of Health Sciences has a vision to "establish Otago as a national leader in interprofessional education across the health professions."

To achieve that vision, the IPE Strategic Plan (2016-19) (PDF 740 KB) is in place to establish frameworks and infrastructure necessary to support our staff to grow IPE across the Division.

The Division of Health Sciences Centre for Interprofessional Education ("IPE Centre") has been established and charged with implementing the strategy.  The IPE Centre is a virtual entity consisting of the following roles:

  • IPE Director: Professor Sue Pullon (UOW)
  • IPE Divisional Lead: Dr Margot Skinner (School of Physiotherapy)
  • IPE Campus Leads:
    • IPE Lead Dunedin Foundation Years: Associate Professor Rhiannon Braund (School of Pharmacy)
    • IPE Lead Dunedin Advanced Years: Dr Fiona Doolan-Noble (General Practice & Rural Health)
    • IPE Lead UOC: Louise Beckingsale (Human Nutrition, Dietetics)
    • IPE Lead UOW: Associate Professor Eileen McKinlay (Primary Health Care & General Practice)
  • IPE Centre Manager: Ashley Symes
  • IPE Campus Administrators: Marissa O'Leary (UOC), Amanda Garnett (UOW), Fiona Rae (Dunedin)

With oversight by the Divisional IPE Governance Group, the Centre sets a direction and work programme to support and foster the development of high-quality IPE on all campuses and across health professional programmes, faculties, and schools. The current focus is on pre-registration programmes, with an intention to foster IPE in postgraduate programmes over time.

Contact details for the IPE Centre can be found here.

Progress and Timeline towards Strategic Objectives

(Most recent year first)

2017 focus

  • Consolidation of IPE efforts through the application of expanded resources in the IPE Centre
  • Review of IPE governance at divisional and campus level, with a particular view to supporting the establishment or consolidation of campus-level IPE groups and IPE programmes
  • Development of conceptual frameworks, policies and plans to embed IPE in the Division, including to address key challenges identified
  • Continuation of grant-funding for new and developing IPE activities, through the IPE Support Innovation Fund (application rounds in April and September 2017)
  • First implementation of the IPE Smoking Cessation module for approx. 720 students in the Dunedin foundation years

2016 highlights

  • Initiation of a network of IPE groups across sites, to promote IPE and to support the innovation / development of IPE activities as set out in the 2016 work plan; Dunedin Foundation Years and Wellington groups established and active
  • Continuation of staff development programme through the progressive development of: IPE forums and networking opportunities - including visiting scholars, IPE knowledge repositories (public-access and closed-access); IPE mentoring capacity
  • IPE Support Innovation Fund applications invited by 26 May 2016 and 30 September 2016, with seven further awards made
  • Review and evaluation of progress against strategic plan carried out, to inform 2017 work plan
  • Establishment of IPE Centre (end of 2016)
  • For details, see the IPE Annual Evaluation 2016 (PDF 146 KB)

2015 highlights

  • Discussions across the Division, under the auspices of an IPE project, to establish: understanding of IPE; register of current initiatives under way; opportunities for new initiatives; barriers to implementation; preliminary timetable analysis
  • Development and ratification by the Divisional Executive of IPE Strategic Plan 2016–2019
  • Detailing of 2016 work plan
  • Staff development programme initiated by workshop, 22 October 2015
  • IPE Support Innovation Fund established and first grants-in-aid for IPE activities awarded, December 2015

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IPE Governance

IPE governance

  • The Divisional IPE Governance Group (DIPEGG) maintains strategic oversight of the IPE Centre and the Health Sciences Division's IPE activities.  It reviews and approves IPE policies and frameworks to guide the concept and practice of IPE across the Division.
  • The IPE Leaders Group - comprising the IPE Director, IPE Divisional Lead, IPE Campus Leads and IPE Centre Manager - functions as an executive committee of DIPEGG.  It provides leadership and strategic support to IPE Campus Groups as required.
  • IPE Campus Groups serve as IPE leadership teams on each campus (Dunedin, UOC, UOW).

The terms of reference and composition of these structures are detailed in this summary of IPE Governance Arrangements (PDF 104 KB).

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IPE Linkages

IPE linkages

IPE in the Division occurs within a matrix of linkages and relationships, including linkages between:

  • The IPE Centre and its divisional and campus-level governance structures
  • The IPE Centre and complex immersion activities, e.g. the Tairāwhiti Interprofessional Education Programme, located outside the Centre
  • The IPE Centre and IPE activities and teams based at various campus and regional sites
  • IPE activities involving the University of Otago and other community and institutional partners

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