This unit (HIP3001) of study integrates the capabilities that students have developed earlier in their courses and prepares student health professionals for practice in an interprofessional setting. This unit is based on the principle that "Interprofessional education occurs when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care" (CAIPE, 2002). It focuses on developing five (5) interprofessional capabilities: interprofessional teamwork; interprofessional communication; navigating interprofessional conflict; professional roles and identities; and, critical reflection on interprofessional practice.

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HMB3101 - Complex Midwifery 2 (applicable for HBMA students ONLY) and

HMB3102 - Midwifery Professional Practice 2 (applicable for HBMA students ONLY) and

HNB3001 - Nursing in Specialty Areas (applicable for HBNB students ONLY)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Conceptualise the role of an adaptable, capable and ethical member of an interprofessional team, using their understanding of themselves and of other professional roles to achieve holistic client health goals;  
  2. Consult with other professionals in an interprofessional team setting to critically evaluate priorities and articulate key issues in solving complex health problems;  
  3. Advise colleagues of their own professional role and the roles of other professionals in the context of interprofessional practice;  
  4. Predict and manage interprofessional disagreement and conflict by respecting and valuing the diversity of complementary professional roles; and  
  5. Critically reflect upon their own performance and that of their team members, informed by theoretical perspectives of interprofessional practice.  


The assessment tasks link the learning outcomes and graduate capabilities. In the first task students will work in a group to complete a case study. In the second assessment, students will complete a report informed by their exposure to interprofessional practice and using critical reflection. In the final assessment, students will synthesize the information gained from the formative work and create and present a group Poster Presentation that will critically assess their own performance and that of their team members.
Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Written group assessment (500 words per student) 20%
Report Reflective report informed by theory (1000 words) 40%
Presentation Group presentation and peer assessment (15mins/1000 words) 40%
To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must attend 100% of all practical laboratories and clinical simulations for essential skill development as per ANMAC expectations. Any absences must be supported with documentation to the unit convenor and alternative simulation sessions completed. To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must submit all assessment items, and achieve an aggregate score of 50%.

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