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IPE Evaluation Template

The IPE Centre has developed a bank of IPE evaluation items intended to assist IPE teaching teams to evaluate IPE activities. The template aims to support comparable evaluation of IPE across the Division of Health Sciences. Some of the items can be customised as needed.

The IPE evaluation template is available and ready to use on Otago inFORM

  1. Click on Request New Questionnaire
  2. Enter your University of Otago login details at the prompt
  3. Click on Start New Blank Request
  4. Scroll down and click on Health Sciences
  5. Scroll down and click on Interprofessional Education

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IPE Concept Paper and Conceptual Models

An IPE Concept Paper has been developed to guide IPE policy development, curriculum development and delivery across the Division.  The paper draws on a review of IPE literature and models from other countries and institutions, to formulate process and conceptual models.

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IPE Smoking Cessation Module 2017 (Dunedin Foundation Years)

Between March and May 2017, an IPE module was rolled out for the first time, for around 700 students in Year 3 Dentistry, Oral Health, Medicine, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy, and Year 1 Master of Dietetics, programmes.

The module engages students in ways of learning with, from and about each other, as they gain knowledge and understanding about managing smoking cessation in New Zealand, in a collaborative environment.

Development and implementation of the module has been a collaborative exercise too. Planning committee members and 40 tutors are drawn from across the Division and participating programmes. Administrators across the Schools/Faculties/Departments have needed to coordinate timetabling and other systems to support the module delivery.

Formal evaluation is being completed to faciliate consolidation and improvement of the module for future implementation rounds.  Preparations are currently under way for the module to be delivered again in 2018.

The Module Convenor is Dr Margot Skinner

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Interprofessional Education Showcase, 23-24 November 2017, Auckland

This biennial forum is an opportunity to present evidence of the benefits of IPE from new and established projects, and also to network within the IPE research community.  This year's theme is Incorporating Interprofessional and Collaborative Practice into the Curriculum.  The programme incorporates a Showcase on 23 November; and a Workshop on 24 November.  For further information, click here.

Registration (and abstracts): by 09 October 2017.

National Rural Health Conference, 05-08 April 2018, Auckland

Call for abstracts: Oral or poster abstracts are welcomed, on the themes: Clinical, Nursing, Management, Community

(Abstract submissions: Closed 31 August 2017)

For more information, or to submit your abstract, click here.

All Together Better Health IX, 03-06 September 2018, Auckland

Conference theme: Collaborative Practice and Interprofessional Education - Transforming the Landscape of Healthcare - Ohomairangi te Hauora Manaaki.

All Together Better Health IX (ATBH IX) is the leading global interprofessional education and collaborative practice conference under the direction of The World Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice Coordinating Committee.  ATBH is driven by the conviction that concerted action to improve working together will effect change, enhance quality of care, ensure safety, and optimise deployment of human resources. Through its sub-themes, the 2018 conference aims to explore and share learning from Māori, Pacific and indigenous peoples around the world; the specifics of day-to-day interprofessional care and education; interprofessional transformation and whether we making a difference; roles within interprofessional healthcare teams including those of patients/clients; and the social, political, economic and cultural influences on interprofessional working.

For further details, including programme information, click here.

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Interprofessional Education Support Innovation Fund – Award of Grants-in-Aid

Next round of applications: To be advised

The IPE Support Innovation Fund is made available through the IPE Centre. It supports the development and set-up of interprofessional learning activities across established health professional degree programmes that are both innovative and intentionally interprofessional.  For further information, see the IPE resources page.

Recent awards

In the most recent applications round (September 2017), three new awards were made:

  • IPE programme 2018 at University of Otago (Wellington) (Team Leader: Associate Professor Eileen McKinlay, Primary Health Care and General Practice / Wellington Interprofessional Teaching Initiative) - The 2018 IPE programme at UOW incorporates: Hauora Māori/IPE exposure/engagement activity to set a platform for all new students on campus; Long-Term Conditions Management engagement/immersion programmes in Semesters 1 and 2; and an engagement/immersion pilot activity on the theme of Teamwork in Medicines Prescribing.  These activities will variously engage health professional students from all disciplines at UOW, as well as disciplines from partner institutions.
  • INTERact: embedding IPE in student placements (Nelson and Timaru) (Team Leader: Dr Ewan Kennedy, Physiotherapy) - The objectives are: to support the successful implementation of INTERact Nelson, following a 2017 pilot; and to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the INTERact model, developed since 2015 in Timaru, and offering potential for providing a common framework for embedding immersion IPE in clinical placements.  Medical, physiotherapy and dietetics students from the University of Otago are currently involved in INTERact, as well as nursing and occupational therapy students from partner institutions.
  • Working together in clinical pathology pilot (Dunedin) (Team Leader, Cat Ronayne, Pathology) - Students from dentistry, medical laboratory science and oral health will learn about their respective roles and the importance of their collaboration in an interprofessional clinical team, as they work with orofacial pathology case scenarios.

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