Interprofessional education (IPE) occurs when:
"learners of two or more health or social care professions engage in [intentionally] learning with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care and services."
Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education (CAIPE 2017)
The case for
Recognising this, the Division of Health Sciences has a strategic vision to "establish Otago as a national leader in interprofessional education across the health professions". Achieving this vision contributes to the education and training of health and social care professionals who are ready for the collaborative working environment.
In 2015, an
- To progressively and seamlessly integrate
IPEinto the Health Sciences curriculum
- To build a sustainable ethos of staff and organisational collaboration in Health Sciences
- To identify, develop and optimise
IPEresources in the Division.
Since then, as key milestones in progress, we have:
- Selected our current focus (pre-registration programmes)
- Defined our drivers for change
- Established cross-disciplinary governance, at Divisional and campus levels
- Consolidated a resourced operational structure (the IPE Centre)
- Agreed a conceptual model
- Consulted a Divisional approach to achieving an integrated longitudinal curriculum in the health professional programmes at Otago
- In April 2020, as related to this consultation, ratified a renewed set of strategic goals in the form of A Curriculum and Quality Framework for
IPEat Otago 2020–2024 : Specifically, these are policy recommendations for Otago to support a high-quality, integrated and longitudinal IPEcurriculum across the pre-registration health professional programmes.