SQRH supports the emerging health workforce in the most contemporary evidence-based models
of health care delivery, ensuring students
graduate with an understanding of excellence in health care.
Patients with complex health conditions often need the support of multiple healthcare professionals. When health professionals from different discipline backgrounds work together with a patient-centred focus, the result is better health outcomes, less clinical errors and improved health economic benefits.
An interprofessional placement provides students from two or more professions to learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improved health outcomes.
Interprofessional learning is recognised as a major contributor in helping to prepare students as the future health workforce to understand the skills and knowledge needed to be part of a healthcare team as well as teaching how to communicate and collaborate with colleagues in the workplace.
Interprofessional placements are a great opportunity for students from various healthcare disciplines to:
Where interprofessional collaboration is embraced in healthcare settings, the community receives direct benefit from the enhancement of high quality health service delivery. This approach provides consistency and high-level co-ordination of patient-centred care.
« “As part of my placement, SQRH organised for me to shadow the hospital radiologist and pathologist. This was a great opportunity for me to be part of interprofessional learning and really added to my overall rural experience”. »
Marah, USQ Nursing student
« “I had placements in a couple of rural towns – they were different but similar in that you are so welcomed to these communities, you’re involved in everything and you gain excellent clinical experience. The SQRH accommodation was really comfortable and the view from the backyard at Kingaroy was outstanding!” »
Emma, USQ Nursing student
« I have thoroughly enjoyed my clinical placement at Charleville and I’m grateful for the support of SQRH. To be honest I hadn’t thought about taking up a rural health career before coming out to Charleville but now I definitely would consider it. The experience was brilliant and incredibly diverse – I worked in wards, in the emergency department, attending visits with the nurse navigator, going to the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) base with ambulance staff and so much more. »
Andy, UQ Nursing student
« I’ve grown up and lived in Brisbane so coming to Toowoomba was a big step, but I have really enjoyed my placement and would now consider working regionally. »
Alice, UQ Speech Pathology student