Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

What is Interprofessional education


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Interprofessional education occurs "when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care" (CAIPE, 2002).

One of the most effective ways for students to gain an understanding of the roles of other professions is to work together in practice. Nationally, there is a trend to integrate interprofessional education into all health professional courses.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2010 identify “There is now sufficient evidence to indicate that interprofessional education enables effective collaborative practice which in turn optimises health services, strengthens health systems and improves health outcomes" (WHO 2010 [PDF, 2.3 MB]).

WHO created a study group in 2007 on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice, which has guided the progress of interprofessional education worldwide. It developed a conceptual framework around interprofessional practice and education, and formed a global plan to potentiate the development of interprofessional education to rapidly scale up health workforce production.