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Australian clinician's views on Interprofessional Education for students in the rural clinical setting


Jacob, E and Barnett, T and Missen, K and Cross, M and Walker, L, Australian clinician's views on Interprofessional Education for students in the rural clinical setting, Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education, 2, (2) pp. 219-229. ISSN 1916-7342 (2012) [Refereed Article]


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Background: Collaboration between education providers and clinical agencies to develop models that facilitate cross-disciplinary clinical education for students is essential to produce work-ready graduates.

Methods and Findings: This exploratory study investigated the perceptions of and opportunities for interprofessional education (IPE) from the perspectives of 57 clinical staff from three regional/rural health services across Victoria, Australia. Data were collected through a semi-structured questionnaire, interviews, and focus group discussions with staff from 15 disciplinary groups who were responsible for clinical education. Although different views emerged on what IPE entailed, it was perceived by most clinicians to be valuable for students in enhancing teamwork, improving the understanding of roles and functions of team members, and facilitating common goals for patient care. While benefits of IPE could be articulated by clinicians, student engagement with IPE in clinical areas appeared to be limited, largely ad hoc, and opportunistic. Barriers to IPE included: timing of studentsí placements, planning and coordination of activities, resource availability, and current regulatory and education provider requirements.

Conclusions: Without the necessary resources and careful planning and coordination, the integration of IPE as a part of studentsí clinical placement experience will remain a largely untapped resource.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:students, interprofessional education, clinical placements, collaboration, clinicians, rural
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Barnett, T (Associate Professor Tony Barnett)
UTAS Author:Cross, M (Dr Merylin Cross)
ID Code:77834
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2012-05-31
Last Modified:2017-11-02
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