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Collaborating to make a difference

A workshop to further develop Victoria University’s Interprofessional Education Program (IPEP) in Wyndham will be held at the Wyndham Council Chambers on 16 May.

The workshop is entitled Collaborating to make a difference – reaching the community and coordinating care.

Media are welcome to attend

Victoria University is working with the Wyndham City Council, health service delivery organisations and local community service organisations to develop an integrated health and education service that complements existing health and community services in Wyndham.

The University is committed to collaborating with existing Wyndham health services so that the new IPEP clinic adds value to the strong health and community care environment that already exists and does not duplicate existing services.

Wyndham Mayor, Cr Bob Fairclough said, “Wyndham City looks forward to working in partnership with Victoria University and other service providers on the Interprofessional Education Program (IPEP) to deliver improved health outcomes for our residents and expand the education opportunities for students. 

“This program will complement our efforts to improve the health of our community where they live, learn, work and play through the delivery of Healthy Together Wyndham,” he said.

The workshop will seek to identify health service gaps that could be addressed by the IPEP and the client groups that the IPE should prioritise.

It will also look at how the IPEP clinic will work with referrers and other providers to enhance care coordination; improve options for shared care. It will also examine processes that might  best support a coordinated approach to referrals and care.

Victoria University was successful in gaining $22.9 million under the Federal Government’s Structural Adjustment Fund. The money is being spent to develop, implement and evaluate innovative interprofessional (IP) education across all of the health disciplines at Victoria University.

VU Executive Academic, IPEP, Professor Kristine Martin-McDonald  said, “The IP learning commences in the classroom and online environments where students begin to communicate, learn with and understand the roles and scopes of practice of other health disciplines.

“The IP learning then shifts to an interprofessional simulated learning environment and then into interprofessional practice. This practice is in the IPEP clinic where students deliver health services to the community under academic practitioner supervision.”

Construction continues on the purpose-built inter-professional health clinic at Victoria University’s Werribee campus which is due to open later this year.

 

When: Friday 16 May, 9.00 – 12.30pm

Where: Wyndham Civic Centre, Wyndham Council Chambers and Function Room 1, Princes Hwy, Werribee. Wyndham City Council’s Mayor Cr Bob Fairclough will welcome participants.

 

Media Contact:

Christine White,

Public Affairs Unit, Victoria University

9919 4322; 0434 602884; media@vu.edu.au

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