Webinar on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice
UKZN’s College of Health Sciences hosted a webinar on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPE) in the professions of dentistry, nursing, medicine, pharmacy, osteopathic medicine and public health.
The webinar was made possible through the Strengthening the Workforce to Improve Treatment and Care of HIV (SWITCH) project led by Professor Mosa Moshabela in collaboration with Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) near Pretoria.
The webinar was divided into three workshops and was led by the Chair of the Center for Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Global Health and Equity, Professor Judy Khanyola of Rwanda.
The event highlighted key competencies for effective interprofessional education practice in the health workforce.
Interprofessional education takes place ‘when students from two or more professions learn about, learn from and learn with each other to enable effective collaboration to improve health outcomes,’ said Khanyola. ‘Interprofessional education and practice is a necessary tool in building a collaborative health workforce that is better prepared to respond to local health needs.’
Khanyola said health professionals had made huge contributions to health and socio-economic development over the past century but had failed to carry out 21st century health reforms due to outdated or inadequate competencies. ‘For effective interprofessional education practice there has to be more agile and rapid adaption of core competencies based on transnational, multi-professional, and long-term perspectives to serve the needs of individuals and populations,’ she said.
‘The four key competencies required to help prepare future health professionals enhance team-based care of patients and improve population health outcomes are: Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice, Roles and Responsibilities, Interprofessional Communication and Teams and Teamwork.’
Khanyola used interactive presentation tools in her talk, asking participants to divide themselves into groups and answer questions relating to the interprofessional practice framework.
She said change starts when ‘we, ourselves, understand and change the way we learn and become independent transformative learning agents.’
Professor Dini Mawela of SMU led a Q&A debate and closed the event by thanking Khanyola for her contribution.
Words: Mandisa Shozi