Interprofessional Education (IPE)
Brightwater’s Interprofessional Education (IPE) program evolved from a collaboration between Brightwater, The University of Western Australia, and Curtin University which established an interprofessional learning environment in residential care for health science students.
Part of the NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre, the IPE program operated at Brightwater Madeley for 3 years and gave hundreds of students an opportunity to learn about the aged care sector, chronic disease and cognitive decline.
Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology students worked in an interdisciplinary team to gain an understanding of the role of other health professionals and how working collaboratively can benefit residents.
The program’s aim was to build capacity in the current and future workforce dealing with people affected by cognitive and related functional decline.
The program has now concluded at Brightwater however the work has continued. As part of the ongoing work with the CDPC Brightwater is now producing a toolkit to support other organisations to undertake interprofessional education at their facilities.
The tool kit will be released later this year. To find out more you can read the final program report.
Quality Jobs, Quality Care
A result of the collaboration between Brightwater, the University of South Australia, Hammond Care and Helping Hand, this project will develop innovative workplace tools and models to inform the practical, evidence-based implementation of improved work practice to improve job quality and the quality of services experienced by older Australians.
It will develop practical benchmarks to evaluate job and service quality, trial and evaluate six workplace interventions that improve job and service quality, and disseminate innovative tools and models to illustrate and support changes in workplace practice and how they can be evaluated.