IPE is an approach to learning that requires planned interaction among learners from different professions. It is defined as:
"Occasions when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and quality of care."
— The Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education, 2002.
Worldwide, there is recognition that learning and collaborating interprofessionally in the healthcare 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 will contribute to the education and training of health care professionals who are ready for the collaborative working environment.
To achieve this vision, a Divisional IPE Strategic Plan (2016-19) is being implemented to achieve the following objectives by 2019:
- To progressively and seamlessly integrate IPE into the Health Sciences curriculum
- To build a sustainable ethos of staff and organizational collaboration in Health Sciences
- To identify, develop and optimize IPE resources in the Division
The following pages contain further information about IPE and the Division's progress towards achieving these objectives: