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The Tairāwhiti Interprofessional Education (TIPE) programme began in 2012 and brings senior pre-registration students from different health disciplines together to learn with, from and about each other while gaining clinical experience in rural New Zealand. The programme is based in Tairāwhiti (Gisborne) with a satellite programme in Wairoa. Tairāwhiti is the remote eastern-most region of the North Island of New Zealand

The TIPE programme is run by University of Otago in conjunction with the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), Otago Polytechnic, the Tairāwhiti and Hawkes Bay District Health Boards.

Final year students live together in shared accommodation in 5 week rotations at either Gisborne or Wairoa hospitals and are from eleven health professional degree programmes from three tertiary education institutions

  • University of Otago - dental, dietetic, medical, oral health, physiotherapy, pharmacy
  • Eastern Institute of Technology - nursing and social work
  • Otago Polytechnic - occupational therapy
  • AUT - paramedicine
  • Massey University - speech language therapy 

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Key learning objectives incorporate principles of rural health care, Hauora Māori, long term condition management and interprofessional health care. Students also meet discipline specific clinical learning objectives

Interprofessional Health Care

Achieving greater understanding between health disciplines about 'patient centred collaborative practice, effective teamwork, interprofessional respect and how to effectively resolve disagreement

TIPE students in a lab

“Staying with other health professionals meant we gained a great understanding of their roles and allowed us to see each other as real people who are approachable”

Hauora Māori

To better meet Māori Health needs by working with Māori in culturally safe and respectful ways, enhancing understanding within Māori models of health care

A TIPE student at the Marae"I don’t think I could have come into a warmer, friendlier, more welcoming community. I’ve never ever been able to apply my concepts of Hauora Māori and things like that that we get taught in our courses because it just goes out the window so that’s been fantastic."

Rural (Tai-whenua)

Increasing rural training opportunities, enhancing workforce opportunities with students able to return to rural areas, better equipping senior health students for comprehensive generalist practice

Ruatoria Home visit"Living with IPE students and spending time with them outside of work hours, trips up the coast - immersing us in the culture, experiencing first hand what rural areas are like, talking with people who live there about problems"

Long Term Conditions Management

Demonstrating principles of team based care, self management and expert patients - as more people than ever before live longer and live with more long-term conditions, collaborative practice is increasingly needed.

Long Term Conditions Management

'I now have a better understanding of how we can collectively work together to achieve better outcomes for our patients'

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Learning outcomes

At the end of the programme, and within a clinical rural, Hauora Māori context, the student will be able to exhibit the following learning outcomes:

Demonstrate effective communication in a culturally safe, empathetic respectful and responsive manner with patient / clients / whānau / colleagues.

Treaty of Waitangi
Demonstrate an understanding of the special relationship between Maori and the Crown under the Treaty of Waitangi.

Hauora Māori
Block-3-Noho-MaraeDemonstrate principles of cultural safety, competency and literacy within the health environment.

Demonstrate appropriate engagement and interaction with Māori patients, whānau and the community.

Identify and apply appropriate Hauora Māori models within clinical and public health environments.
Demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of the role of diverse health disciplines in Māori health and the capacity to work in an interdisciplinary team in Māori health.

Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with student and clinician colleagues in other health disciplines and within your own discipline.

Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with patients / clients and their families / whānau.

waka-ama-(2)Roles and Responsibilities
Demonstrate the ability to clearly explain own health professional role and responsibilities, and level of knowledge and judgement to patients/clients and their families /whānau.

Demonstrate the ability to respect, value and explain the roles and responsibilities of the other health professionals you work with to patients/clients and their families /whānau.

Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of professional and interprofessional accountability, and associated legal and ethical issues.

Patient / Client / Family-Whānau Centred Approach
Demonstrate the ability to seek input, share information and advocate for patients / clients' participation in clinical decision making, in ways that maximise patients / clients safety, independence, cultural needs and quality of life and health.

Team Functioning
bballDemonstrate the ability to contribute to effective team functioning (including appropriate leadership, delegation, documentation) to improve collaboration, in the interests of patient safety and quality of care.

Negotiating Decisions
Demonstrate the ability to effectively negotiate and resolve disagreement between providers, patients / clients / family / whānau (including the ability to raise and/or challenge differences of opinion in the interests of patient safety and quality of care) Chronic Conditions.

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Accommodation and Transport

Students Accommodation

It is expected that all the TIPE students live in the provided accommodation during the programme to enable students to further opportunities to ‘learn with, from and about each other’, get to know other students better and work closely together on projects. The Tairāwhiti IPE programme (TIPE) will provide and pay for one return trip for each student from their main clinical location (airfare or reimburse mileage of a private vehicle); they will also provide necessary transport costs for programme activities whilst on the programme. Students will be provided with 5 weeks, mixed flatting/dormitory style accommodation on the Tairāwhiti District Health Board (TDH) compound whilst in Gisborne or at the Nurses Home at Wairoa Hospital. For students staying longer than 5 weeks accommodation will be organised but at student cost.

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