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Leading learning: Collaboration is the way


Prior, S and Van Dam, P and Griffin, P and Reeves, N and Verma, R and Kirkwood, L and Paton, B and Giles, A, Leading learning: Collaboration is the way, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA), 2-5 July, Auckland, New Zealand (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Background: The demand for university education in Australia is shifting to a new paradigm, particularly across the healthcare domain. In an under-pressure healthcare environment, where practical skills and evidence-based applied research are becoming increasingly valuable, universities have the opportunity to work with their health industry partners to develop an appropriate, forward-focussed model of education.

Initiative: The Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) in NSW and the University of Tasmania have successfully developed a work-integrated learning program, Graduate Certificate in Clinical Redesign, adapted to the individual needs of industry partners across Australia. First offered in February 2016, the program has been completed by nearly 240 students to date.

Methods: The effectiveness and impact of the program has been evaluated via online surveys with a mixed method approach. Three cohorts of participants–graduates, project sponsors and clinical leads–completed surveys with closed and open-ended questions designed to determine the factors influencing the outcomes of the program within the workplace, explore the organisational readiness and understand the overall student experience in a work-integrated learning platform.

Evidence: One-hundred and fifty participants (99 graduates, 38 sponsors and 15 clinical leads) completed the online survey. The statistical results suggest that overall, the program is beneficial to graduates, sponsors and clinical leads as well as the organisations as a whole in many aspects of healthcare delivery and strategic planning. Thematic analysis revealed high satisfaction levels in relation to the program content and delivery. Identified challenges to delivering a work-integrated learning program included ensuring students received adequate organisational support and timing assessments to align with workplace commitments.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:clinical redesign, evaluation, education, healthcare delivery
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Prior, S (Dr Sarah Prior)
UTAS Author:Van Dam, P (Dr Pieter Van Dam)
UTAS Author:Griffin, P (Dr Phoebe Griffin)
UTAS Author:Reeves, N (Ms Nicole Reeves)
ID Code:133628
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2019-07-04
Last Modified:2019-07-10

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