Interprofessional Practice

    Unit code: HIP3001 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    VU Sunshine Clinical School
    HMB3001 - Midwifery Care 2: Women with Complex Childbearing Needs (applicable for HBMA students ONLY); and
    HMB3002 - Midwifery Practice Experience 2 (applicable for HBMA students ONLY); and
    HNB3001 - Nursing in Specialty Areas (applicable for HBNB students ONLY)
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit 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.

    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.


    For Melbourne campuses

    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: Case Study
    Grade: 20%
    Written group assessment (500 words per student)
    Assessment type: Report
    Grade: 40%
    Reflective report informed by theory (1000 words)
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 40%
    Group presentation and peer assessment (15mins/1000 words)

    Required reading

    Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.

    As part of a course

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