The inclusion of formal interprofessional education activities within clinical placements aligns with the national agenda in Australia to increase the focus on collaborative practice. However, the challenge remains for health services to determine how to achieve this goal. The education team at one health service elected to align new interprofessional education initiatives to the National Standards for Quality in Healthcare, to increase student focus on the complex domains of practice that require collaborative practice. An interprofessional falls prevention workshop was created for students on clinical placement. In the pilot phase, the 2 h workshops ran four times across three months. Simultaneously, a second group of students were invited to complete an online falls prevention module. Knowledge gains from the two interventions were compared using a Mann Whitney test and qualitative data was thematically coded. There was no significant difference in fall prevention knowledge between the two interventions. Thematic analysis illustrated workshops promoted an increased understanding of others roles, person-centred care, interprofessional communication and collaboration. This pilot study has demonstrated that 2 h interprofessional educational workshops are a feasible, replicable and useful addition to profession-specific clinical placements. The interprofessional workshop offered the opportunity for students of different professions to come together, practice interprofessional communication, explore the roles and responsibilities of others and collaborate in the theoretical management of a clinical case.
- interprofessional education