The power of collaboration and going beyond our comfort zones to develop globally responsive graduates together, towards tomorrow

Aislinn Lalor, Lisa Murphy, Alison Francis-Cracknell, Amanda Schiller, Kelly Payne

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Universities need to prepare graduates to be effective global citizens equipped to engage cross-culturally in an internationalised world. Industry partnerships for mobility experiences provide critical depth using in-country knowledge and networks to facilitate experiential learning. Monash University is collaborating with Scope Global to deliver interdisciplinary immersion experiences for health professional students in Asia. The overarching aim of this program was to develop graduate attributes in-line with University priorities and discipline specific competencies including collaborative and communication skills, resilience, and work readiness.
This paper aims to share the learning outcomes of this innovative program from both the students and staff perspective.
In 2016/17 an innovative student mobility and health immersion program was developed and piloted, collaborating with four facilities in Vietnam, and expanded in 2018 to include five facilities in Cambodia. The program embraces principles of Interprofessional Learning and collaborative health care with students from Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice, Nursing and Midwifery, Medicine and Public Health Science. This study collected data at three time points: i) prior to departure, ii) end of 4-week program, and, iii) 3-6 months post program. Data collected included reflections from students and staff across each discipline.
Practice implications
Implications for practice based on key findings:
• Formation of new relationships between education providers and industry partners provide students with immersive international learning experiences that would not be possible independently.
• Cultivate students’ global identities through engagement in international collaborative practice, and develop cultural capabilities to enhance global work readiness.
Initial findings demonstrate that this program has elicited strong interest from students and staff across several disciplines in a desire for seeking meaningful and unique extended activities that deepen students' professional development, preparedness for work, and cultural sensitivity, attributes that are required for the dynamic nature of contemporary occupational therapy practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89
Number of pages1
JournalAustralian Occupational Therapy Journal
Issue numberSuppl 1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
EventOccupational Therapy Australia National Conference and Exhibition 2019: Together Towards Tomorrow - International Convention Centre, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 10 Jul 201912 Jul 2019
Conference number: 28th

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