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A 'RIPPER' project: advancing rural inter-professional health education at the University of Tasmania


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Whelan, JJ, Spencer, JF and Rooney, K 2008 , 'A 'RIPPER' project: advancing rural inter-professional health education at the University of Tasmania' , Rural and Remote Health, vol. 8, no. 1017 , pp. 1-9 .

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Attending to the shortage and sustainability of health care professionals and resources in rural areas in Australia is a
continuing challenge. In response, there is a heightened focus on new models of healthcare delivery and collaboration that optimise
the quality of patient care, respond to complex health needs and increase professional job satisfaction. Interprofessional rural health
education within universities has been proposed as one way of addressing these challenges. Background and Objective: This article
reports on the development, design, implementation and evaluation of the RIPPER initiative (Rural Interprofessional Program
Education Retreat). RIPPER is an interprofessional rural health education initiative developed by a team at the University of
Tasmania's Faculty of Health Science. The objective of the program was to develop a rural interprofessionallearning module for
final year undergraduate health science students at the University of Tasmania. The program was first piloted in a rural Tasmanian
community in 2006, with a second iteration in 2007. Participants in the program included approximately 60 students from the
disciplines of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy.
Method: The format and educational design of the RIPPER program was focussed on a multi-station learning circuit using
interprofessional case-based scenarios. Each learning station employed experiential and interactive educational strategies that
included high and low fidelity simulation, role play and reflection. The learning stations required students to work collaboratively
in small interprofessional teams to respond to a series of rural emergency healthcare scenarios.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Whelan, JJ and Spencer, JF and Rooney, K
Journal or Publication Title: Rural and Remote Health
ISSN: 1445-6354
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