There is strong evidence, however, 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 the end of 2014 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 inter-professional 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.