Interprofessional collaborative practice across Australasia: an emergent and effective community of practice

Ritchie, C., Gum, L., Brewer, M., Sheehan, D., Burley, M., Saunders-Battersby, S., Evan, S. and Tucker, L. 2013, Interprofessional collaborative practice across Australasia: an emergent and effective community of practice, Focus on health professional education, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 71-80.

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Title Interprofessional collaborative practice across Australasia: an emergent and effective community of practice
Author(s) Ritchie, C.
Gum, L.
Brewer, M.
Sheehan, D.
Burley, M.
Saunders-Battersby, S.
Evan, S.ORCID iD for Evan, S.
Tucker, L.
Journal name Focus on health professional education
Volume number 14
Issue number 2
Start page 71
End page 80
Total pages 10
Publisher Australasian and New Zealand Association for Medical Education
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Publication date 2013-03
ISSN 1442-1100
Keyword(s) interprofessional collaborative practice
community of practice
social constructivist learning theory
Summary Individuals involved in fostering interprofessional collaborative practice in health are employed in the education, practice and political arenas. While the need to innovate and develop optimal training and practice is not new, the uniqueness of interprofessional collaborative practice is that it exists across professional backgrounds and transcends traditional hierarchies (entry-level to senior practitioners). As such, alternate models of support are required to assist champions to progress learning and innovation. One such model is a group of educators and practitioners networking across Australasia, resulting in the Australasian Community of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (ACoIPCP). ACoIPCP is a lively community of practice (CoP) group across Australia and New Zealand, which is abreast of current activity in the relevant arenas and provides members with an avenue to share information and, therefore, respond appropriately to changes in the environment. Membership includes likeminded individuals who work in the area of interprofessional collaboration from a broad range of perspectives in both health education and practice. This paper describes the development of ACoIPCP and its aims, activities and achievements. By developing a community of practice framework in a cross-organisational environment, ACoIPCP members have been able to support one another, share resources, seek feedback and learn with and from one another to foster interprofessional collaborative practice within educational, clinical and political settings. Information about the processes and outcomes of ACoIPCP may provide guidance to others interested in facilitating learning and innovation through a community of practice model.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
1199 Other Medical And Health Sciences
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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