A Message From Our Founder
Dr jOSEPH MONTEITH
BPharm(Hons) DCH MPH MD
Aviation Medical Officer – Royal Australian Air Force
MD Class of 2014
I had grown to love interprofessional practice as an undergraduate in pharmacy (UQ) and saw wonderful changes to patient care firsthand in the years following. I've always been motivated to educate others about my role as a pharmacist within a multidisciplinary team (MDT), however when I commenced clinical medicine within the hospital system, I noticed a very clear lack of understanding and appreciation for all members of the MDT. I started to then wonder, where do we actually learn about each profession and where do we learn about how we best utilise each other in patient care? Should it be something that we stumble across once we graduate? Why don’t we start working with and learning from each other now?
From my work with the Australasian Interprofessional Practice and Education Network and own research, it is very clear that cohesive, interprofessional practice with mutual understanding and respect for other health professionals enhances the patient experience and improves patient outcomes. It was clear to me we had a great opportunity within the tertiary education space to start this early collaboration.
With that in mind, in 2012-2013 we birthed Australia’s first student-led interprofessional education and practice student council, which later become the Interprofessional Education and Practice Health Students’ Network.
To promote and develop interprofessional education and practice through curriculum review and development, facilitation of interprofessional education opportunities and events and connection of health students prior to entrance into the workplace.
To develop an interprofessional network of healthcare graduates to transform healthcare education and delivery.
The aims of the Network include creation of interprofessional education opportunities and events, linking health students prior to entering the workplace, and fostering mutual respect and an appreciation of the unique skills and knowledge that each professional brings to an interdisciplinary team
Members and committee:
Membership is open to students from all healthcare disciplines at the University of Melbourne. Disciplines include: Medicine, Optometry, Dentistry, Audiology, Physiotherapy, Music Therapy, Speech Pathology, Nursing and Public Health.
The committee strives to represent all areas of health, appointing a representative from each discipline to comprise the general committee. In 2019, we are striving to include and collaborate with health disciplines from other universities.