Australian evidence for interprofessional education contributing to effective teamwork preparation and interest in rural practice.
Ruth McNair, Nick Stone, Jane Sims, Caroline Curtis
J Interprof Care | Published : 2005
A pilot interprofessional education (IPE) placement for undergraduate health care professional students was undertaken in rural Victoria, Australia from 2001 to 2003. Medical, nursing, physiotherapy and pharmacy students were involved, and the project is ongoing. This paper briefly outlines the educational model, then focuses on the evaluation methods and results obtained from student evaluations. The placement experience improved self-reported teamwork skills and knowledge, and supported participating students' belief in the value of interprofessional practice. Placements strengthened nursing and allied health students' intention to work in rural health settings after graduation. The rural ..View full abstract