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Interprofessional education (IPE)

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)

Medical staff discussing patient notes

The case for IPE to form a core part of pre-registration health professional degree programmes is strong and increasing. Worldwide, there is recognition that learning and collaborating interprofessionally in the health care environment results in better care for the patient/client.

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 IPE strategy was ratified with a first set of strategic goals 2016–2019:

  • To progressively and seamlessly integrate IPE into the Health Sciences curriculum
  • To build a sustainable ethos of staff and organisational collaboration in Health Sciences
  • To identify, develop and optimise IPE resources 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 IPE at Otago 2020–2024 : Specifically, these are policy recommendations for Otago to support a high-quality, integrated and longitudinal IPE curriculum across the pre-registration health professional programmes.

Further information about IPE