Interprofessional Education at FMHS

The strategic importance of Interprofessional Education (IPE) activities

Modern healthcare is multidisciplinary by nature. IPE has been recognised as an important innovation in improving the performance of multidisciplinary teams in terms of a wide range of non-technical skills, such as communication, teamwork, and leadership, and in helping to meet future workforce demands. These improvements will ultimately improve the quality and safety of patient care. As such IPE activities are promoted by key organisations such as Health Workforce New Zealand, the Australian Health Workforce Institute, and the WHO World Committee on Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice. IPE is seen as especially valuable in the practice of primary healthcare, and in rural and remote healthcare. The University of Auckland’s Faculty IPE subcommittee aims to promote and support IPE activities within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

Why do IPE?

IPE is an integrated and importance element of many courses at FMHS, and is designed to give participants the kinds of insight into the skills and roles of others that are essential for effective teamwork in the real world. See these insights for yourself in the below short film about Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy and Paramedicine students during Urgent and Immediate Patient Care week held at FMHS each year.

What IPE activities are available?

Māori Health Intensive and Quality and Safety Week are two of the largest IPE activities at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, but there are many more. Browse through the interactive list of IPE activities below.

How do I engage others?

The IPE committee at Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences has created an engagement document, which is aligned with faculty strategies, has been endorsed by various faculty groups, and which underscores the strategic importance of IPE for the future healthcare workforce in New Zealand. 

Who is the faculty IPE committee?

IPE SubCommittee Terms of Reference