Interprofessional education in a New Zealand Community Polytechnic: A mixed-method pilot study


  • Ashleigh Sara Price Whitireia Community Polytechnic
  • Lee Smith Whitireia Polytechnic, Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Marcella Gregan Whitireia Polytechnic, Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Susie le Page Whitireia Polytechnic, Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Reuben Corlett Whitireia Polytechnic, Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Belinda Westenra Whitireia Polytechnic, Aotearoa New Zealand



Social work, paramedicine, nursing, scope of practice, interprofessional education.


INTRODUCTION: Interprofessional collaboration leads to better patient care, enhanced teamwork skills, better communication, and enhanced understandings of each other’s professional roles.

METHODS: The objective of the study was to trial an interprofessional education (IPE) simulation activity with students (nine) from three health and social service disciplines in one community polytechnic. A pre-test/post-test design was used to gather data on the students’ perspectives of the IPE simulation and what the students learned from it. A simple Likert Scale questionnaire and two focus groups (with five and four participants, respectively) were conducted. A thematic analysis of the focus group data was undertaken while survey responses are presented in percentages for ease of readability.

FINDINGS: The participants enjoyed the simulation, had greater confidence with interprofessional communication post-participation and increased knowledge of each other’s scope of practice. The participants welcomed the opportunity to practise handover, which was an area of concern for all.

IMPLICATIONS: IPE is an invaluable tool for preparing students for their future careers as members of an interdisciplinary health team.

Author Biography

Ashleigh Sara Price, Whitireia Community Polytechnic

Lecturer, Bachelor of Social Work


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How to Cite

Price, A. S., Smith, L., Gregan, M., le Page, S. ., Corlett, R. ., & Westenra, B. . (2022). Interprofessional education in a New Zealand Community Polytechnic: A mixed-method pilot study. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 34(2), 42–54.



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