The Division of Health Sciences has a vision to "establish Otago as a national leader in interprofessional education across the health professions."
To achieve that vision, the
From 2020, the Division moves into a second cycle of strategic goals, set out in:
- A Curriculum and Quality Framework for Interprofessional Education at Otago: Strategic Plan 2020-2024 (Statement of Policy Recommendations) (PDF)
Specifically, these are policy recommendations for Otago, to support a high-quality, integrated and longitudinal
- Overarching aims for
IPEactivity components in a sequential curriculum
- Defined set of curriculum learning outcomes
- Expectations for student attainment, collectively and individually
- Guidelines for
IPEstudent assessment and IPEactivity evaluation
- Capacity to adapt and respond to the context, needs, opportunities and partnerships of
- Recognition for staff contribution to
- Quality systems to accredit
IPEactivities, record student IPEcredits, and evaluate the IPEintegrated curriculum.
The Division of Health Sciences Centre for Interprofessional Education ("
IPEDirector: Professor Sue Pullon (UOW: Primary Health Care & General Practice) IPEDivisional Lead: Dr Margot Skinner (School of Physiotherapy) IPECampus Leads: IPELeads Dunedin: Alison Meldrum (Faculty of Dentistry), Aynsley Peterson (School of Pharmacy), Linda Gulliver (Dunedin School of Medicine) IPELead UOC: Louise Beckingsale (Human Nutrition, Dietetics) IPELead UOW: Associate Professor Eileen McKinlay (Primary Health Care & General Practice) IPECentre Manager: Ashley Symes
- Administrators Client Services (
IPECentre): Cora Heister (Dunedin), Marissa O'Leary (UOC), Rebecca Fyfe (UOW)
With oversight by the Divisional Executive, and advice from the Divisional IPE Advisory Group, the Centre sets a direction and work programme to support and foster the development of high-quality
- Delivering a full complement of existing IPE activities and planned pilots in 2021, after the disruptions of 2020.
- Implementing revisions to support optimal structure and linkages for Divisional IPE governance.
- Progressively implementing accreditation of IPE learning activities through the online Otago IPE Register – starting with all established IPE activities.
- Focusing on the priorities of the IPE Research Plan.
- Sustaining value in our programme of IPE professional development.
- Sustaining IPE visibility at Otago and in the wider IPE community inside and outside Aotearoa.
- Continuing to build IPE partnerships that are of demonstrable value to Otago students.
- Most previously established learning activities were successfully delivered over the year, bar the unavoidable clinical placement disruption in the April/May Covid 19 lockdown; pilot activities intended for 2020 were also disrupted.
- Groundwork laid for strategic reconfiguration of IPE governance and capacity of the IPE Centre.
- Tool for collecting information for the accreditation of each IPE activity developed and tested.
- Continued commitment by the IPE Leaders team to increase IPE visibility, provide (limited) professional development for staff, evaluate and publish.
- A more integrated IPE research plan drawn up for implementation from 2021, and a one-off ring-fenced funding sum identified for the appointment of a part-time research fellow in 2021.
- IPE Centre Annual Evaluation Report 2020 (PDF)
- Innovation – e.g. the IPE Student-led Ward at Dunedin Hospital, piloted in August-September 2019, is a first of its kind in New Zealand; the IPE Centre is beginning to engage in rural IPE activities in the South Island
- Continuation - of robust, evaluated IPE offerings within an identified core suite of IPE activities at all campuses and some regional sites (now 11 in total, including 2 complex-immersion sites)
- Articulation of the future direction for the IPE Centre – a) by consulting with all Health Sciences Schools and health professional programmes, of the IPE Quality Framework; and b) by presenting to the Health Sciences Divisional Executive detailed Size and Shape proposals for the IPE Centre 2020 and beyond
- Faculty development – e.g. the IPE Centre Webinar Series was launched in May 2019, and will continue; an online module for IPE teachers/facilitators went live in early December 2019, as part of the Clinical Educators Programme managed by Otago Medical School health educators.
- IPE Centre Annual Evaluation Report 2019 (PDF)
- Development – of a Curriculum and Quality Framework for
- Continuation – of robust, evaluated
IPEofferings within an identified core suite of IPEactivities at all campuses and some regional sites
- Partnerships – new and consolidated partnership arrangements to the benefit of students – notably, completion of a Memorandum of Agreement in respect of
IPEactivities, between the Division and the Otago Polytechnic
- Initiation of discussions with health professional programmes in Dunedin (including at the Polytechnic) on the possibilities of dedicated timetabling for
IPEactivities in the early learning years and/or design of a coordinated programme of interprofessional teaching and learning across shared content in the health professional curricula
- Profiling – international and national profiling of Otago’s
IPEprogramme, and our health professional students, at All Together Better Health IX (Auckland, September 2018) IPECentre Annual Evaluation Report 2018 (PDF)
- Consolidation of the
IPECentre during its first year of operation, as a virtual structure with embedded campus leadership and administration
- Increased awareness and recognition of
IPEthroughout the Division, with growing understanding of IPE’s significance as a health system imperative, a Divisional strategic priority and point of advantage, and a vehicle of curriculum transformation and continuous improvement
- Increased numbers of academic staff involved in
IPEteaching, learning, research and curriculum development and steady accumulation of an institutional evidence base for IPE
- Accelerated extension of
IPEnetworks within the Division and health professional programmes, across campuses and regional sites, and with institutional and community partners
- Continuous growth of
IPEactivities, comprising established and new offerings in the Health Sciences curricula (many supported by the IPESupport Innovation Fund); as well as opportunities to contribute, e.g. input into the MBChB Curriculum Map, and the graduate profiles of health professional programmes IPECentre Annual Evaluation Report 2017 (PDF)
- Initiation of a network of
IPEgroups across sites, to promote IPEand to support the innovation / development of IPEactivities as set out in the 2016 work plan; Dunedin Foundation Years and Wellington groups established and active
- Continuation of staff development programme through the progressive development of:
IPEforums and networking opportunities - including visiting scholars, IPEknowledge repositories (public-access and closed-access); IPEmentoring capacity IPESupport Innovation Fund applications invited by 26 May 2016 and 30 September 2016, with seven further awards made
- Review and evaluation of progress against strategic plan carried out, to inform 2017 work plan
- Establishment of
IPECentre (end of 2016) IPEAnnual Evaluation 2016 (PDF)
- Discussions across the Division, under the auspices of an
IPEproject, to establish: understanding of IPE; register of current initiatives under way; opportunities for new initiatives; barriers to implementation; preliminary timetable analysis
- Development and ratification by the Divisional Executive of
IPEStrategic Plan 2016–2019
- Detailing of 2016 work plan
- Staff development programme initiated by workshop, 22 October 2015
IPESupport Innovation Fund established and first grants-in-aid for IPEactivities awarded, December 2015
- From 2021, the IPE Director is a member of the Health Sciences Divisional Executive, facilitating Divisional strategic oversight of the
IPECentre and the Health Sciences Division's IPEactivities. (Prior to 2021, a Divisional IPE Governance Group (DIPEGG) served this function.)
IPELeaders Group - comprising the IPEDirector, IPEDivisional Lead, IPECampus Leads and IPECentre Manager - provides leadership and strategic support to IPECampus Groups as required.
- The Divisional IPE Advisory Group provides advice to the IPE Leaders Group / IPE Centre.
IPECampus Groups and/or task teams serve as IPEleadership teams on each campus (Dunedin, UOC, UOW).
The terms of reference and composition of these structures are detailed in this summary:
IPECentre and its divisional and campus-level governance structures
IPECentre and complex immersion activities, e.g. the Tairāwhiti Interprofessional Education Programme and West Coast IPE, located outside the Centre
IPECentre and IPEactivities and teams based at various campus and regional sites IPEactivities involving the University of Otago and other community and institutional partners.