1430 – 1500
CQUniversity has a established relationship between the health disciplines. This alliance has resulted in multiple collaborations including sharing resources, socialization, research initiatives, interprofessional clinical practice and the education of health practitioners’ roles and clinical skills. The literature on interprofessional practice and education proposes the best way to work towards a change in perceptions around interprofessional practice and reduce the “silo” between health professions is to make the change at the grass roots level during the health professional undergraduate education. It also advocates for awareness of one professional identity, socialization, open communication and establishment of working relationships which will develop post-graduation.
Further research is currently underway to identify barriers and potential opportunities impacting on dental practitioner and health practitioner partnerships in practice. This research will also support efforts for changes in clinical practice for experienced health practitioners through interprofessional practice post-graduation.
The session has the potential to empower the dental practitioner to lead the way and develop the partnerships required to foster effective interprofessional partnerships between health practitioners and clients resulting in shared decision-making around social and health issues.