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Wellington Interprofessional Teaching Initiative (WITI)

In 2011 an interdisciplinary teaching team called the Wellington Interprofessional Teaching Initiative (WITI) formed through a common interest in providing interprofessional education. Disciplines represented in the team include: dietetics, educational psychology, medicine, nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy & radiation therapy. Evaluation research has been embedded in the WITI programme and publications are listed below.

A central aspect of interprofessional education is facilitating opportunities for students in small groups to discuss their disciplinary backgrounds, similar and different skill sets and to consider how to jointly contribute to patient care (learning about, from and with each other). Stated teaching outcomes align to the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative competencies . To date IPE has been delivered in a three-part form embedded within each discipline’s curriculum including an introductory class, an independently undertaken small interdisciplinary group activity and a final class presentation. Classroom time typically includes a mix of social interaction, small group work, teaching about content and in the initial class support is given to assist students to prepare to undertake a joint project.

Between 2011 and 2014 increasing numbers of dietetics, medicine, physiotherapy & radiation therapy students have studied together about long-term conditions (LTC) management. In small interdisciplinary groups students undertake a visit to a person in their home who has complex LTCs and then co-present to peers and visitors about the person’s experience of having LTCs and how they as a health care team can provide support.

In 2015 Massey University and University of Otago are working together on a pilot inter-university collaboration in 2016 to enable Massey University nursing students to join the University of Otago dietetics, medicine, physiotherapy & radiation therapy students in an interdisciplinary module.