Matthews, L, Pockett, R, Nisbet, G, Thistlethwaite, J, Dunston, R, Lee, A & White, JF 2011, 'Building Capacity In Australian Interprofessional Health Education: Perspectives From Key Health And Higher Education Stakeholders', Australian Health Review, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 136-140.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Abstract Objective. A substantial literature engaging with the directions and experiences of stakeholders involved in interprofessional health education exists at the international level, yet almost nothing has been published that documents and analyses the Australian experience. Accordingly, this study aimed to scope the experiences of key stakeholders in health and higher education in relation to the development of interprofessional practice capabilities in health graduates in Australia. Methods. Twenty-seven semi-structured interviews and two focus groups of key stakeholders involved in the development and delivery of interprofessional health education in Australian higher education were undertaken. Interview data were coded to identify categories that were organised into key themes, according to principles of thematic analysis. Results. Three themes were identified: the need for common ground between health and higher education, constraints and enablers in current practice, and the need for research to establish an evidence base. Five directions for national development were also identified. Conclusions. The study identified a range of interconnected changes that will be required to successfully mainstream interprofessional education within Australia, in particular, the importance of addressing issues of culture change and the need for a nationally coordinated and research informed approach. These findings reiterate those found in the international literature.
Brown, DM, White, JF & Leibbrandt, L 2006, 'Collaborative partnerships for nursing faculties and health service providers: what can nursing learn from business literature?', Journal of Nursing Management, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 170-179.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Collaborative partnerships between nursing faculties and health service providers are the cornerstone of successful clinical experience for nursing students. The challenge of providing an optimal learning environment can be enormous given the turbulent and rapidly changing environment in health. The present study uses the business literature to examine what nursing can learn from business about the development of successful collaborative partnerships. The characteristics of sound partnerships are described and a set of best practice guidelines is developed. The guidelines summarize the factors considered to be essential for the effective development of collaborative partnerships. In these times of nursing shortages and high turnover high quality, collaborative partnerships between nursing faculties and the health care sector are seen as a possible solution to optimize clinical learning and therefore graduate preparedness.
Leibbrandt, L, Brown, DM & White, JF 2005, 'National comparative curriculum evaluation of baccalaureate nursing degrees: A framework for the practice based professions', Nurse Education Today, vol. 25, no. 6, pp. 418-429.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
The primary aim of the study was to determine whether Australian undergraduate nursing curricula incorporate the necessary skills and knowledge to prepare graduates for the current health care environment in Australia. The eligibility criteria for inclus