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IPE Conference Student Sponsorships

APPLICATIONS INVITED: IPE Student Sponsorships for All Together Better Health Conference, Auckland, 03-06 Sept 2018

pexels-photo-743986The Division of Health Sciences Centre for Interprofessional Education (IPE Centre) is pleased to announce that we are able to sponsor up to five students to attend the All Together Better Health IX (ATBHIX) Conference, Auckland, 03-06 September 2018.

ATBH is the leading global interprofessional education and collaborative practice conference. Every two years it provides an opportunity for participants to discuss ideas and strategies to mobilise concerted action to improve health and wellbeing for individuals, families and communities across the world. The 2016 conference was held in Oxford, UK. This year is only the second time this conference has been held in the Southern Hemisphere, so provides an unprecedented opportunity for student participation at a reasonable cost. See full details at

Student attendance is strongly supported by ATBH and, on 06 September, a whole-conference plenary session is given to the interprofessional Healthcare Team Challenge, a team-based event for students to display how they would work together to support a patient – for full and current details, see

The Healthcare Team Challenge is an internationally recognised interprofessional learning activity that promotes teamwork and collaboration amongst current and future healthcare professionals from across the world. Interprofessional teams compete at a live public event to present their interprofessional care plan for a client with complex needs. The HCTC provides a fun and authentic learning experience for students and practitioners, which enhances their knowledge of the roles of other disciplines, increases their understanding of how interprofessional practice contributes to patient care, and enhances the qualities and dispositions, as well as the necessary skills and knowledge, for effective interprofessional teamwork.

The IPE Centre will sponsor successful applicants’ conference attendance and travel, and subsidise their accommodation, to a total of $1,350.00. Students may apply if they:

  • Are currently enrolled on an entry-level health professional degree programme at the University of Otago (e.g. B Phty, MDiet)
  • OR are an early career registered health professional within 2 years of graduation, and are currently enrolled at the University of Otago
  • Have participated in a University of Otago IPE activity
  • Can describe their interest in interprofessional education through a personal written reflective statement, and a relevant academic reference. Telephone interviews may also be conducted.

For the Application Form, click here.

Applications should be submitted to by 27 April 2018.

Applicants can expect a response by 28 May 2018.

Enquiries can be addressed to Ashley Symes, IPE Centre Manager, on

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IPE Centre Annual Evaluation 2017

The IPE Centre Annual Evaluation Report 2017 is available here (PDF 902 KB).

In brief, the report describes how, during 2017, the establishment of the IPE Centre with core and campus-based governance, leadership and administrative staffing, has accelerated IPE awareness and activity across all Divisional sites. From this base, the focus for 2018 will be on developing curriculum, policy and funding models central to the achievement of 2019 strategic goals.

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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.

Note: The IPE Conceptual Model is reviewed by the Divisional IPE Governance Group from time to time; updates will be posted here.

process model

concept model

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All Together Better Health IX, 03-06 September 2018, Auckland

Conference theme: Collaborative Practice and Interprofessional Education - Transforming the Landscape of Healthcare - Ohomairangi te Hauora Manaaki.

All Together Better Health IX (ATBH IX) is the leading global interprofessional education and collaborative practice conference under the direction of The World Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice Coordinating Committee.  ATBH is driven by the conviction that concerted action to improve working together will effect change, enhance quality of care, ensure safety, and optimise deployment of human resources. Through its sub-themes, the 2018 conference aims to explore and share learning from Māori, Pacific and indigenous peoples around the world; the specifics of day-to-day interprofessional care and education; interprofessional transformation and whether we making a difference; roles within interprofessional healthcare teams including those of patients/clients; and the social, political, economic and cultural influences on interprofessional working.

For further details, including programme information, click here.

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Interprofessional Education Support Innovation Fund – Award of Grants-in-Aid

Next round of applications: To be advised

The IPE Support Innovation Fund is made available through the IPE Centre. The contestable fund supports the development and set-up of interprofessional learning activities across established health professional degree programmes that are both innovative and intentionally interprofessional.  For further information, see the IPE resources page.

Recent awards

The most recent round of applications closed on 12 April 2018.  Updates on successful applications will be posted here, once outcomes are known.

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