‘Nothing about us without us’: Interdisciplinary approaches to collaborating and learning with lived-experience experts in health professional education

Libby Callaway, Gabrielle Brand, Darshini R. Ayton, Sandy Braaf, Eli Chu, Nikos Thomacos, Ellie M. Fossey, Chris LeCerf, Kate Tregloan

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The World Health Organisation identifies the importance of health care cultures that use co-design between professionals and the people using services, in an equal and reciprocal relationship. With this global vision, Australia needs to ensure the health professional graduate workforce is able to effectively learn from, and collaborate with, people with lived experience of the issues they are working to address. The new 2019 VicHealth guidance on co-design highlights that partnering with consumers is essential in order to provide safe, high quality care and engage communities to design, develop and implement solutions. This includes involving health care consumers with lived experience, health professions students and government or other funding bodies in co-designing education for current and future health professionals.
Aligned with ANZAHPE’s 2020 focus on vision for learning cultures, collaborating with consumers as legitimate experts (by experience) to design, develop and deliver education through co-design methodologies is imperative in the health professional learning environment. Recent research has shown that co-designed
education has the potential to inspire questioning, reflection and in-depth discussions that deepens the learner’s understanding of complex health issues. This involves curriculum redesign, and a focus on pedagogy that equalises power relationships with lived experience experts. Although guidance is available on
different ways to engage consumers in health research, there are limited educational guidelines for health professionals on how to collaboratively and meaningfully involve consumers.
Purpose and objectives:
The purpose of this interactive symposium is to provide a brief overview of current policy context and research on codesign of health professional education; explore with symposium participants opportunities to grow consumer collaboration in health profession research and education; and outline a range of
interdisciplinary approaches being used for consumer driven curriculum design.
The workshop will offer learning opportunities for participants to:
1. Explore and discuss collaborative consumer and educator engagement models and levels across the co-design spectrum, that can be applied in health professional education;
1. Understand how interdisciplinary curriculum design approaches are currently developed and implemented in practice;
2. Reflect on opportunities within participants’ own practice to grow consumer collaboration in health professional research and education design and delivery.
Issues and question for exploration include:
• How may symposium attendees approach consumer collaboration and codesign in their own fields?
• What are the levels of collaborative consumer and educator engagement across the continuum of codesign?
• How do you identify and ethically engage stakeholders for engagement?
• Are there tools that may be helpful to self-assess or explore and grow consumer collaboration in health professional education?


ConferenceAustralian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators Conference 2020
Abbreviated titleANZAHPE 2020
OtherTheme: Vision for Learning Cultures Conference
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