Benchmarking Partnerships

 

MEMORY JOGGER NOTES – Australian BEST PRACTICE AWARDS 2012

1st Place Winner - CURTIN UNIVERSITY – INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION IN HEALTH – Director, Margo Brewer.

APPROACH

  • About effective collaboration and improving health outcomes – not multiprofessional
  • The main drivers are knowledge/ collaborative practice and how to work together
  • Interprofessional approach is about learning from, with and about each other.
  • Linked to WHO and other international directions and WA health strategy
  • The international evidence is very positive
  • Client centred framework used for assessment of students
  • Focus on clients

DEPLOYMENT

  • Now in the 4th year of the ADRI cycle
  • Case studies of health issues across disciplines in undergraduate years 1 to 4 plus some post graduate courses
  • Related to measurable strategic statement
  • Used stakeholder framework including students and staff
  • Doctors are becoming engaged
  • Examples include a team of interprofessional students learning on the job by running the morning shift of a ward in a local hospital

INNOVATION

  • We send students to remote and needy countries and communities as a collaborative team.
  • Can teach people to coordinate care across disciplines eg care for a son with disabilities
  • Common units in first year gives opportunity for students to develop a broad and interprofessional perspective of health
  • Case based workshops – for students to develop integrated care plan – students see “cases” as real people
  • Patient viewed as a member of care team
  • Changing traditional approach to course design – interprofessional team of staff developed

PERFORMANCE

  • Student leadership capabilities improved, understand their roles and learning how to work together
  • International evidence strong
  • See Sustainability below
  • Surveys, questionnaires, audits, assessment tool, student review group
  • Positive outcomes / understanding reports from students – they do understand what it means
  • Workshop outcomes eg motivation, knowledge and confidence improved
  • Patient ratings all 90-98% on various attributes – patients wanting to be in student ward rather than ordinary ward.
  • Student attitudes improving but link to patient outcomes yet to be established in this program although overseas research points to link.
  • Our website is the 3rd highest visited website in ‘Health Sciences’

EVIDENCE

  • International visits and acknowledgement of how mature our practice is internationally from learning about what they have done with what we have done- Benchmarking.
  • Integrated ward operations in Perth hospital
  • Seen as leaders now in best practice eg contact from other organisations interested
  • Conference papers / presentations and journal and other publications
  • Funding from government
  • Won 3 teaching excellence awards
  • Letter from president of Centre for Advancement of Interprofessional Education – innovation and outstanding voted papers to conference
  • Feedback from workshops

IMPROVEMENT

  • Strategic industry partner working party

SUSTAINABILITY

  • Started 2009 – still going and growing – industry partners, universities collaborated with, students in classroom and practice increasing dramatically
  • Success stories
  • Doctors showing more respect
  • Students think they are doing the obvious – why would you train people any other way

BENCHMARKING

  • Consulted with other organisations internationally
  • Local health care challenge leading to international competition

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