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Interprofessional learning in residential aged care: providing optimal care for residents
Australian Journal of Primary Health (2014)
  • Associate Professor Caroline Bulsara, The University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Karla Seaman, Brightwater Care Group
  • Rosemary Saunders, The University of Western Australia
Since 2010, a residential aged care provider has been in collaboration with universities in Western Australia to
deliver an interprofessional education (IPE) program in residential aged care facilities. The program takes place within a
residential aged care setting where university student placements from seven disciplines are integrated into a dynamic
interdisciplinary team approach for care delivery. This approach provides the opportunity for two or more professionals
to learn together to provide optimal care for residents. In 2012, an extensive research evaluation was performed to
demonstrate, among other outcomes, the benefits to the residents and staff involved in the program. Residents, family
members and staff from a residential aged care facility were invited to participate in the mixed methods evaluation.
The qualitative aspects were digitally recorded, transcribed and thematically analysed. SPSS (SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL, USA)
was used to analyse the quantitative data. All were exceptionally satisfied with the IPE program.
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Citation Information
Seaman, K., Bulsara, C.E., and Saunders, R. (2014). Interprofessional learning in residential aged care: providing optimal care for residents. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 21(3), 360-364. DOI: 10.1071/PY14026