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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.

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

The webinar will be presented by Professor Bruce Wainman of McMaster University, focusing on the role of the anatomy lab in interprofessional education.

Date: Wednesday 20 November 2019

Time: 12:30-13:30

Venue: Sayers Boardroom, Sayers Building or via standard IPE Webinar link

For full details, 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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IPE Showcase 2019, 22 November 2019, Auckland

The Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education (CMHSE) at the University of Auckland will convene the IPE Showcase 2019 on its Grafton Campus.  The theme for 2019 is "Valuing Interprofessional Education: Student, organisational and employer perspectives".

Abstracts: by 07 October 2019 c/o

For more information click here (PDF 170 KB).  All enquiries to Dr Craig Webster

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


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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