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Re-thinking approaches to undergraduate health professional education: Interdisciplinary rural placement program


Dalton, L and Spencer, J and Dunn, M and Albert, EG and Walker, JH and Farrell, GA, Re-thinking approaches to undergraduate health professional education: Interdisciplinary rural placement program, Collegian, 10, (1) pp. 17-21. ISSN 1322-7696 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/S1322-7696(08)60615-0


The Interdisciplinary Rural Placement Program involved the development, implementation and evaluation of a common rural primary health care module. Designed for undergraduate nursing, medical and pharmacy students of the University of Tasmania, students undertook clinical experiences and a collaborative primary health care project at two different Rural Health Teaching Sites across Tasmania. The aim of the project was for interdisciplinary students to work and learn together to enhance their understanding of the cooperative and collaborative nature of professional practice among rural health care workers. This paper will describe the development and implementation of the Interdisciplinary Rural Placement Program and critically discuss the outcomes in relation to nursing. In this paper, three issues will be explored. Firstly, how student nurses questioned their sense of subordination when in fact the level of recognition by their interdisciplinary peers led them to refute this. Secondly, concerns with overcoming the difficulties of coordinating student recruitment and conflicting timetables, while working within existing curricula, will be discussed. The final issue explores the student nurses' recognition that despite inherent tensions and conflict, the need to work as a cohesive and cooperative interdisciplinary team was vital. This project highlighted the challenges that health professions continue to work through in contemporary practice and education sectors. A key recommendation for education providers is that true interdisciplinary education must be achieved through an experiential framework.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Primary health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Rural and remote area health
UTAS Author:Dalton, L (Dr Lisa Dalton)
UTAS Author:Spencer, J (Ms Judy Spencer)
UTAS Author:Dunn, M (Mr Mark Dunn)
UTAS Author:Albert, EG (Dr Edi Albert)
UTAS Author:Walker, JH (Professor Judi Walker)
UTAS Author:Farrell, GA (Professor Gerald Farrell)
ID Code:27682
Year Published:2003
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2011-09-30
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