Interprofessional learning

Collaboration between health professionals is vital for good patient/client care. Interprofessional education occurs when students/ practitioners learn with, from and about each other to improve the quality of care directed by the patient/ client goals.

Interprofessional education at Monash Rural Health

Our University Department of Rural Health supports student placements and delivers training through workshops and simulation scenarios to develop interprofessional competencies for both students and health practitioners in the Gippsland region. Research into interprofessional education and practice is conducted in collaboration with local health professionals and community partners.

Current projects

Evaluation of a high risk foot clinic

At Latrobe Community Health Centre an Interprofessional team led by an advanced practice podiatrist has set up a new model of service for people with high risk foot issues. This project will evaluate the pilot phase of the new service model.

Guided care model

An Interprofessional team has been established to support the client with chronic and complex disease. The purpose of the guided care model is to develop or maintain the self management skills of the client, to enable active partnership and collaborative goal setting. This project will evaluate the long term impact of the guided care model on clinican, client and service outcomes.

Early career allied health support cluster evaluation

This project is a collaboration with Latrobe Regional Hospital, Bairnsdale Regional Health Service, Bass Coast Health and Latrobe Community Health Service to evaluate 4 early career allied health support clusters funded by DHHS in 2015. These support programs were iniated to improve the transition from student to early career health professional in the Gippsland region.

Current activities

Early career allied health cluster in the community

MUDRH is supporting the continuation of dinner/seminars for early career allied health professionals in the community. Seminars have included presentation and discussion on topics such as: getting the most out of supervision, self care, reflective practice and interprofessional team work.

Placement, Education and Research Unit

The Placement, Education and Research Unit (PERU) was formed in 2010  from a collaboration between MUDRH and Latrobe Community Health  Services (LCHS). PERU is part of the People, Learning and  Culture Department of LCHS.

PERU's aims are to:

  • increase and enhance research and knowledge translation for staff
  • facilitate education and research informed practice for students and staff
  • embed an interprofessional collaboration capacity building framework into student and staff learning and practice

Student placements

MUDRH supports student placements by offering clinical supervision training support and contributing to the education and research program at LCHS. PERU's student placement officers manage requests for placements and  assists with accommodation for medical, nursing and allied health  students from all universities and registered training organisations. We  have a structured community interprofessional program for graduate medical students from Monash University and paramedic students  from La Trobe University.

Interprofessional research at LCHS is supported by a resident researcher.

For further information please contact Alison Beauchamp on

Past projects - 2012-2016

Extended Gippsland Regional Interprofessional Partnership in Simulation (EGRIPS)

In partnership with service providers, Monash Rural Health MUDRH was funded by the Federal Government to extend the development, implementation and evaluation of a model of simulated learning to improve clinical training capacity for professional entry students, indigenous health workers and other health care practitioners in rural and regional remote areas.

EGRIPS was a capacity building program enabling partner agencies to deliver high quality simulation education and interprofessional collaboration experiences for all levels of learners. The initiative fostersed and facilitated community engagement through the development of each agency’s local volunteer simulated client pool. The EGRIPS Indigenous Cultural Safety program was conducted in  partnership with Ramahyuck Aboriginal District Corporation (RDAC) –  Sale.

Resources that were developed during the EGRIPS project are:

  1. Indigenous cultural capability module and tip sheet
  2. simulated client training resource
  3. interprofessional simulation facilitator resource

Access to the EGRIPS site facilities at the Monash Rural Health MUDRH site is extended to smaller local health agencies which do not have the capacity to train their own facilitators but have potential student and health practitioner learners.