Using a Research-Informed Interprofessional Curriculum Framework to Guide Reflection and Future Planning of Interprofessional Education in a Multi-Site Context

Monica Catherine Moran, Carole Steketee, Dawn Forman, Roger Dunston

Abstract


Background: Over the past two years health educators in Australia have benefited from funding made available from national organizations such as the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) and Health Workforce Australia (HWA). Funded research has been conducted into educational activities across the country that aim to promote integrated and sustainable interprofessional learning.

Methods and Findings: A collaboration between multiple stakeholders led to the
establishment of a consortium of nine universities and interprofessional organizations. This collaboration resulted in a series of research studies and the development of a conceptual framework to guide the planning and review of interprofessional health curricula. A case study of the development of a suite of health education programs at a regional university in Australia is used to demonstrate how the framework can be used to guide curricular reflection and to plan for the future. Shedding a light on interprofessional health education activities across multiple sites provides a rich picture of current practices and future trends. Commonalities, gaps, and challenges become much more obvious and allow for the development of shared opportunities and solutions.

Conclusions: The production of a shared conceptual framework to facilitate interprofessional curriculum development provides valuable strategies for curricular reflection, review, and forward planning.


Keywords


Interprofessional; Conceptual Framework; Curriculum; Research

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22230/jripe.2015v5n1a187