Gathering at Rongopai Marae
Students studying multiple health disciplines gathered at Rongopai Marae early in the week for an IPE Noho Marae programme that focuses on Maori and Rural health. The group was made up of students from three inter-professional education programmes (IPE) in Tairawhiti, Wairoa and Whakatane.
Turning Healthcare Around
Poor communication between clinicians can turn health care into a bad experience. The University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) is turning this around through an interprofessional education (IPE) programme introduced in recent years for students across the disciplines – dietetics, medicine, physiotherapy, and radiation therapy.
Interprofessional Health Team Challenge
A team of TIPE students representing University of Otago competed in a ‘live’ event at the New Zealand Interprofessional Health Conference on the 4th July 2016 working together to present their interprofessional healthcare plan for a client with complex needs. And they were awarded the peoples’ choice category!
Transition to Practice
The 2016 publication ‘Transition to practice: can rural interprofessional education make a difference?’ in BMC Medical Education by Associate Professor Sue Pullon also attracted publicity on Radio Waatea and Radio NZ.
Links to the radio interviews and publication are below :
The study demonstrates the enormous strengths and benefits of the TIPE programme for students, patients and the local community. Sue Pullon reports these findings are critically important, because they show that rurally based inter-professional education in New Zealand can successfully meet multiple objectives within the five-week programme, more so than traditional education within each individual profession.