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IPE Dental and Pharmacy Students Collaboration in Clinic Setting

During 2019, pharmacy and dentistry students at the University of Otago collaborated within a clinic setting to improve their training and patient care.  To find out why the programme team describe this as groundbreaking in professional education, click here (Dentistry Today) and here (Dental Tribune).

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IPE Online Module

student-849825_1280The first week of December 2019 marked the go-live date for a new IPE module forming part of Otago’s online Clinical Educator Programme (CEP). The module provides an accessible learning opportunity for academic and clinical staff already involved in IPE, or keen to understand more about it.

The CEP is facilitated by Education Advisers from the education unit of the Otago  Medical School (Anthony Ali, Megan Anakin, Jon Cornwall and Tehmina Gladman). The course is an interactive resource which offers practical advice to support users in their teaching.

The IPE module – Module 5: Becoming an interprofessional education teacher - is designed to offer a learning experience that is:

  • Authentic and situated within the learner’s own teaching context
  • Activity-based (rather than content-driven)
  • Reflective

There are six topics:

  • What is IPE?
  • Interprofessional competencies
  • Planning an IPE learning activity
  • Administration, coordination, and technology
  • Facilitating an IPE class
  • Preparing your clinical workplace

The topics can be worked through in any order, although educators new to IPE - whether clinical or otherwise - may find it useful to complete the first two topics before the others. Each topic typically takes a user 30 minutes, depending on how many of the videos and links to additional resources are reviewed.

  • To access the module, click here.
  • Look for and select the CEP course
  • Create an x.Otago account by signing in – item 1
  • Sign in using your Otago login details, or your Gmail/LinkedIn login details
  • You will be directed back to fill in the required short form – item 2
  • Fill out the details and submit
  • Once your enrolment form has been submitted, you should have access to the site within an hour or so
  • You can then view the CEP and its component modules.

We encourage anyone interested to take a look, and welcome your feedback and contributions.

For comments or questions about the content of the IPE CEP module, contact

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IPE Student-Led Ward Pilot in Dunedin

During August-September 2019, four health professional students – final-year students in Medicine, and Physiotherapy (University of Otago); and in Occupational Therapy, and Nursing (Otago Polytechnic) – participated in a four-week interprofessional ward placement on Ward 6 (Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation: Older People’s Health) at Dunedin Hospital.

The pilot was established and designed through a collaboration between University (IPE Centre and Otago Business School), Otago Polytechnic and Southern District Health Board, with consultation and planning taking place during 2018-2019. The core of the idea was that pre-registration health professional students, in a student-led ward modelled on interprofessional learning, could develop their capabilities through collaboration with peers, patients/clients and their whānau. All agreed that the development of competencies such as interprofessional communication, role clarification and teamwork, are the foundation for collaborative practice-ready health practitioners.

Now that the pilot is complete, feedback from students, patients, clinical and academic staff, is being evaluated to determine potential for any future initiatives.


Left to right: Nathan Hamer (Medicine Trainee Intern), Renata Kerr (Year 3 Occupational Therapy), Ngosi Smith-Licorish (Year 3 Nursing) and Toni Shierlaw (Year 4 Physiotherapy) celebrate the successful completion of their interprofessional placement.

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IPE Centre Webinar Series

The Division of Health Sciences Centre for Interprofessional Education is delighted to introduce an IPE Centre Webinar Series from 2019 – we anticipate approx. 3 events per year.

IPE Centre Webinar 3 2019

Our third webinar took place on 20 November 2019.  Presenter: Bruce Wainman, Professor of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, and Director of the Education Programme in Anatomy, McMaster University, focused on The role of the anatomy lab in interprofessional education.

To view IPE Centre Webinar 3, click here.

IPE Centre Webinar 2 2019

Our second webinar for 2019 took place on 01 August 2019.  Presenters Reweti Ropiha, Chief Executive Officer, and Dwayne Tamatea, Population Health Manager, Turanga Health, focused on an IPE community partnership in Tairāwhiti.

 To view IPE Centre Webinar 2, click here.

IPE Centre Webinar 1 2019

The first IPE Centre Webinar took place on 08 May 2019, hosted by the UOC Simulation Centre.  Dr Claire Dillon, Senior Lecturer in the Sim Centre, and John Dean, Professional Practice Fellow, presented on the topic of Discharge Planning – an interprofessional approach.

To view IPE Centre Webinar 1, click here.

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IPE Centre Annual Evaluation 2018

The IPE Centre Annual Evaluation Report 2018 is available here (PDF 378 KB).

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IPE Concept Paper and Conceptual Models

An IPE Concept Paper (April 2017) was 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.

The IPE Process Model and IPE Conceptual Model  were reviewed by the Divisional IPE Governance Group in 2018.

The models will continue to be reviewed from time to time.  The most recent versions are posted here.

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Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Conference 2020, Melbourne, 12-15 July 2020

ANZAHPE is the peak organisation for practitioners involved in the education and training of health professionals in Australia and New Zealand.

The conference theme is 2020 Vision for Learning Cultures.

For further information, see

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Association of Medical Education in Europe, 04-09 September 2020, Glasgow

Specific themes include:

  • Medical Education in 2020 - have our predictions at AMEE 2000 been achieved?
  • A paradigm shift in medical education - where are we going?
  • What can we learn from failure?
  • Introducing sustainable health care into health professions curriculaFor further information see

For further information see

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International Network for Health Workforce Education (INHWE), 3rd International Congress, 02-04 September 2020, Barcelona, Spain

INHWE holds its International Congress once a year and is a prime meeting place for international health workforce educators, researchers and policy makers.

The theme for 2020 is Interprofessional Education; panels and workshops confirmed include:

  • #We2: Patient and public engagement in interprofessional education
  • Interprofessional learning in diverse clinical and learning environments
  • Spirituality: An integral component of holistic interprofessional care and transformative change
  • Action Learning for interprofessional learning
  • Educators of healthcare professionals; developing the workforce of the future

Call for Abstracts:
Provisional Programme:
Panels & Workshops preview:

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All Together Better Health X, 24-27 October, Doha-Qatar

  • ATBH10
  • All Together Better Health (ATBH) is the leading global interprofessional education and collaborative practice conference (IPECP), previously hosted in Japan, Australia, Sweden, United Kingdom, Canada, America and New Zealand. ATBH provides a collaborative forum for transnational champions to promote IPECP towards improving global health through consensus-based partnership, share ideas and address emerging health care challenges.  The conference theme in 2020 is Cultivating a Collaborative Culture: Sharing Pearls of Wisdom.  The subthemes are:
  • ADVOCATING for people-centred care, health and wellbeing
  • EMBRACING diversity of stakeholders
  • INFORMING regional and global IPECP policies and standards
  • PROMOTING safety in and beyond health and social care settings
  • SHARING models of best practice in IPECP
  • Call for abstracts: by 23 February 2020 - for details click here.

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