Increasingly, health and community service professionals work in interprofessional teams

This trend will continue as systems change to cope with the increasing complexity and chronicity of health and social problems, as well as recognition of the importance of the social determinants of health and the challenge of the spiralling costs of health care and community services.

There is strong evidence that adverse health and wellbeing outcomes are often linked to the failure of effective teamwork.These problems can be overcome when professionals adopt a model of collaborative interprofessional practice, which we define as:

Health and community service professionals working together, using complementary knowledge and skills, to provide care to patients, clients and communities, based on trust, respect and an understanding of each others’ expertise.

Griffith Health has responded to this challenge through the formation of:

The Framework has the bold goal of ensuring that by all health professional graduates from Griffith University will be fully competent for collaborative interprofessional practice. This will be achieved through a three phase program of interprofessional learning, which the (UK) Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education defines as occurring: when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care.

Publications and Conference presentations

Griffith University Health Group interprofessional and simulation-based learning produces several publications a year, contributing to the advancement of learning and teaching in the health and social services. In addition our team is also involved in multiple conferences and events throughout Australia.

Interprofessional and Simulation Based-Learning Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee for the Interprofessional and Simulation-Based Learning Program provides advice to the Dean (Learning & Teaching), the Program Lead and the Interprofessional and Simulation-Based Learning Team in relation to the ongoing development and implementation of interprofessional and simulation-based learning activities across the Griffith University Health Group.


Griffith Health Framework for Interprofessional Education


An Implementation Framework for Interprofessional learning at Griffith Health (2014-2018)


An Implementation Framework for Interprofessional learning at Griffith Health (2011-2014)


Terms of Reference for Interprofessional and Simulation-Based Learning Advisory Committee


Interprofessional Education For Collaborative Practice in Health


Preparing Mental Health Practitioners for Multidisciplinary Mental Health Placements: A Distributed Leadership Approach to Cross-Disciplinary Education and Training

This Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) funded a project in cross-disciplinary leadership capacity building which investigates and facilitates structural, distributed and cross-disciplinary leadership for the purpose of preparing students for an initial placement in a multidisciplinary mental health setting. A suite of resources were developed cross-disciplinary education opportunities and assist colleagues in the different disciplines to consider how they might develop their own university cross-disciplinary education (CDE) for interprofessional learning (IPL). The resources include multimedia (video) accounts of multidisciplinary mental health practice accompanied by student placement preparation workshop workbook materials and student placement workbook materials.

They are augmented by multimedia materials focusing on the philosophy, ontology, epistemology and methods of the five major mental health disciplines of mental health nursing, occupational therapy, psychiatry, psychology and social work, and multimedia examples of sufferers’ experiences of mental health services. All workbooks are in PDF and write-able PDF formats and come with PowerPoint presentations for the workshops and a comprehensive full text reference list of journal articles and relevant reports

Project team and report authors



Professor Gary Rogers

Program Lead for Interprofessional and Simulation-Based Learning

Ms Pit Cheng Chan

Interprofessional and Simulation-Based Learning Coordinator

Mr Jordan Armao

Interprofessional and Simulation-Based Administration Officer

Ms Libby Bancroft

Human Patient Simulation Coordinator