What makes an effective IPE facilitator?


  • Have knowledge and competence in working within an interprofessional team environment
  • Role model teamwork and collaboration
  • Are available to and value learners
  • Provide feedback.

Nisbet and Thistlethwaite (2007, cited in HETI, 2012, p.60)


Challenges of using IPE to facilitate learning


  • Difficulty getting people together from different geographical areas
  • Time/schedule clashes
  • Overcoming the silo/tribe mindset
  • Obtaining buy-in from management/supportive workplaces.


Tools for IPE


The Alberta Health services produced a comprehensive, practical guide ‘Collaborative Practice' in 201 to assist all involved in the Collaborative learning/IPE process.

The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (FMNHS) at Monash University has established consensus on the curriculum required to prepare students for collaborative practice.  Read more about the process and access the framework here

 For a quick reference tool, try the Fact Sheet: Three easy steps to supervising staff from other professions.

 The Interprofessional Education Collaborative provides additional resources relating to core competencies for collaborative interprofessional practice

Watch the video for some handy hints.        video link


Curtin University's Faculty of Health Sciences has compiled a information and resources related to Interprofessional Education, including workshops, placements and examples.  



Nisbet, G. & Thistlethwaite, J. (2007). Preparing our educators for interprofessional learning: A framework for a work-based interprofessional learning staff development workshop. Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 8 (3), 95-101 In Health Education Training Institute (2012). The Learning Guide – A handbook for allied health professionals facilitating learning in the workplace. Sydney: HETI. Retrieved from http://www.heti.nsw.gov.au/Global/HETI-Resources/allied-health/allied-health-learning-guide.pdf



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