Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Interprofessional education at UWA


Student and preceptor The 'Educator Supported Interprofessional practicums in Ambulatory Care' project is supported by the UWA Faculty’s Framework for Interprofessional Learning and Collaborative Practice. The framework provides each of the capabilities and learning outcomes that has been recognised as being appropriate and relevant to IPL by each of the courses taught within the Faculty (medicine, nursing , podiatric medicine, dentistry, health science, pharmacy, and social work).

The framework consists of twelve areas of capability and is centred on four key domains

  • Interprofessional working and practice
  • Knowledge in interprofessional practice
  • Ethical practice
  • Reflection

These four domains are the same as those developed and validated by Sheffield University in the UK. The capabilities and graduate outcome statements have been adapted to suit the Western Australian context.

The framework aims to draw attention to learning opportunities that promote inter-professional working. The capabilities and learning outcomes within the framework have the potential for developing the interprofessional focus of the practice context within courses. For example learning a clinical skill such as history taking may now be seen as a topic that is an inter-professional and collaborative working issue relevant to inter-professional learning.

The capabilities have been mapped against the unit level and graduate learning outcomes of medicine, dentistry, health sciences and podiatric medicine to demonstrate current related teaching and assessment activities. The process will assist development of future teaching and learning activities that align with the twelve capabilities