Curtin University’s innovative approach to cross-collaboration in its Health Sciences faculty has won first place in the International Best Practice Competition.
The University was singled out from some of the world’s leading and award-winning organisations, and awarded for its pioneering interprofessional programs in education, practice and research.
Curtin Health Sciences Director of Interprofessional Practice, Ms Margo Brewer presented Curtin’s winning project Best Practice in Interprofessional Education at the World Business Capability Congress in New Zealand recently.
Ms Brewer said that it was an honour to represent the University in this forum, which marked the first competition of its kind in the world.
“The competition was an opportunity for organisations to share their best operational and managerial practices and initiatives, as well as learning from the experience of others,” said Ms Brewer.
“I was thrilled we came in first, especially when we were up against such stiff competition, including corporate banks from Singapore and two police forces from the UAE to name a few.”
“It’s great to see things come full circle. When we started our interprofessional programs a number of years ago we initially learned about interprofessional best practices through international universities who were pioneering in this area.
“But now other universities, government bodies, and healthcare organisations are coming to us to learn about quality and best practices in interprofessional practice, education and research, which we are all extremely proud of.”
Dean of Teaching and Learning, Associate Professor Sue Jones said Curtin’s Health Sciences were really proud to win this highly competitive competition.
“We are all so pleased that our various interprofessional initiatives, including our pioneering interprofessional education curriculum, have been recognised internationally for leading the way in continuous quality improvement and for the deployment of best industry practices,” Associate Professor Jones said.
“This award recognises the enormous amount of hard work undertaken by everyone in the Faculty in designing, developing and delivering a range of interprofessional programs for the benefit of our students, the healthcare industry and clients.
“We are particularly proud of our colleague, Margo, as this outcome is a real testament to her passion, commitment and focus in representing our interprofessional initiatives.”