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IPE Centre Annual Evaluation 2017

The IPE Centre Annual Evaluation Report 2017 is available here (PDF 902 KB).

In brief, the report describes how, during 2017, the establishment of the IPE Centre with core and campus-based governance, leadership and administrative staffing, has accelerated IPE awareness and activity across all Divisional sites. From this base, the focus for 2018 will be on developing curriculum, policy and funding models central to the achievement of 2019 strategic goals.

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IPE Staff Development

During November 2017 - March 2018, the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice (University of Otago Wellington) is hosting visiting scholar Professor Bente Norbye, Faculty of Health Sciences, UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Bente is Professor of Health Care Education, Decentralised Nursing Education Program at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences, and Leader of the Research Group of Health Professional Education. The Decentralised Nursing Education Program provides nursing education to remote rural areas of the county of Tromsø.

The IPE Centre is delighted to engage Bente’s expertise in IPE, health professional education, and rural health delivery, in our IPE staff development programme.  Two staff development workshops (on the Dunedin campus in late November 2017, and at UOW in early December 2017) have drawn more than 50 University staff and external guests into IPE discussions.

To view Bente's workshop presentation (PDF 2.4MB), click here.

To view Bente's paper on healthcare students as innovative partners in the development of future healthcare services, click here.

If you would like to get in touch with Bente during her visit, please email

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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.

process model

concept model

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

The conference theme is "Healthy Rural Communities - Mauri Ora, Whanau Ora, Wai Ora".  The programme incorporates pre-conference workshops, nine keynote sessions, and six concurrent session streams covering medical and nursing, management, research, rural hospital, community/models of care and student presentations.

For more information, 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: 5pm on Thursday 12 April 2018

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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