Faculty of Health Sciences Interprofessional Education

Interprofessional Education (IPE) means that you work with students from your own and other health disciplines to learn with, from, and about each other, developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for collaboration and quality of client care/service.

How does IPE work?

All Faculty of Health Sciences students complete five core units in their first year:

  • Foundations for Professional Health Practice
  • Health and Health Behaviour
  • Human Structure and Function
  • Evidence Informed Health Practice
  • Indigenous Culture and Health.

You also complete two units in the areas of bioscience, science or behavioural science (specified by your course) and two discipline specific units (one in each semester). These are important to connect you with your chosen discipline in your first year of study.

Providing flexibility to first year students

It’s okay to change your mind in your first year, because IPE’s curriculum allows you flexibility to move to another health sciences degree if the course you initially chose to study isn’t what you expected.

More benefits of IPE

Ensuring safety and quality improvement in healthcare delivery

No single profession, working in isolation, has the expertise to respond adequately and effectively to the needs of clients with complex issues to ensure that care is safe, seamless, holistic and to the highest possible standard.

Ensuring client-centred care

IPE emphasises the critical role of the client as a partner in planning and implementing care/services.

Developing students for success in the healthcare sector

Curtin health graduates will understand that their profession is not an isolated area of knowledge and skills, but that they have an important role to play as part of a health team.

Enhancing your teamwork, communication and problem solving skills

Curtin health graduates will be able to work in interprofessional teams, and will have an excellent understanding of the broad contexts and influences on health, with excellent communication and problem solving skills.

Promoting collaborative practice

IPE is more than common learning, valuable though that is to introduce shared concepts, skills, language and perspectives that establish common ground for collaborative practice. It is interactive, taking into account respective roles and responsibilities, skills and knowledge, codes of conduct, opportunities and constraints. IPE is grounded in mutual respect and trust. Participants, whatever the differences in their status in the workplace, are equal as learners. They celebrate and utilise the distinctive experience and expertise that participants bring from their respective professional fields. Common misconceptions and stereotypes are challenged.

IPE learning experiences

IPE includes an interprofessional first year, case-based workshops and student placements.

Interprofessional first year

The interprofessional first year provides you with an introduction to interprofessional collaboration, with all students in the faculty studying a set of core units that provide opportunities for developing interprofessional capabilities, including teamwork skills and reflective practice through learning activities and assessments.

Learning experiences include a combination of lectures, tutorials or workshops, laboratories and online learning. They are highly interactive, and you often work in groups together to solve real life problems.

  • Units are developed and taught by interprofessional teams, and the modelling of interprofessional working relationships by staff is an important part of the experiential learning that takes place.
  • The curriculum includes a focus on cultural knowledge which is considered an essential part of effective interprofessional practice.
  • You will learn about the significance, diversity and experiences of Indigenous populations globally with a particular focus on Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
  • Alongside interprofessional learning opportunities, you also study units specific to your course that develop foundational knowledge in your discipline as well as contribute to the early development of your professional identity.
  • You will continue to build on your interprofessional capabilities through engagement in a range of other authentic learning opportunities in the middle and later years of your course.

IPE workshops

The Faculty of Health Sciences IPE workshops provide an opportunity for you to engage and participate in interprofessional collaboration while sharing and developing knowledge, skills and attributes that are necessary for effective practice.

  • The workshops allow students from many different disciplines to work through case-based learning scenarios together.
  • Through fully online or blended modes, you will explore the roles and responsibilities of each other’s professions, identify issues for a client with complex needs, and prioritise these issues by developing an integrated, interprofessional care plan.
  • Workshop activities are completed in student groups with feedback provided by facilitators with health science qualifications.

Workshop Registration

STEP 1 – Download and read the IPE Workshops schedule, workshop and registration information [.pdf 350KB]

STEP 2 – Download and read IPE Workshops Frequently Asked Questions [.pdf 2MB]

STEP 3 – Register for workshops

Registrations for Semester 2 2021 opened at 9.00am Monday 19 July 2021.

When registering, please use your Curtin student email and ensure that all details and information entered into the registration form are correct.

Student placements

You will undertake interprofessional placements in a range of practice settings, ensuring you develop your collaborative practice capabilities and are able to provide safe, high quality, client-centred services on graduation.

Practice-based settings provide the ideal learning environment for you to practise, learn and be assessed on communication, teamwork, conflict resolution and reflective practice skills. You will also learn to understand and appreciate the contribution of the client, other professionals and non-professionals to health and social care.

Placement locations

Cockburn Integrated Health and Community Facility


Curtin’s service delivery is focused on achieving quality, client-centred care, both in individual and group sessions for members of the local Cockburn community.

The focus is on the management of chronic conditions and how we can work collaboratively to improve the health of members of the local community. In addition, some students will have the opportunity to manage paediatric conditions and mental health. This is done working closely with other service providers within the facility.

Placement details

Services are delivered by students under the guidance of qualified health professionals. Currently, students from the professions of speech pathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work and nursing deliver services at Cockburn.

This placement aims to increase your knowledge, skills and confidence in working in the community setting. You will be involved in delivering initial interprofessional screens, work with clients to develop goals and then address goals through the development and implementation of a client care plan.

In addition, you may be involved in observations, assessments, intervention, self-directed learning, creation of educational tools and sessions, as well as innovative projects.

Challis Community Primary School

Challis Community Primary School is located in Armadale, WA and is highly regarded for its innovation in providing both health and education services to the school community.


The school offers a Parenting Centre, pre-kindy program, facilitated play groups and child health services as part of its early intervention model, which aims to give children the best possible start for later school success.

Currently, on-site services are provided by a range of health professionals including nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, speech pathology and family support workers.

Placement details

This school setting uses interprofessional practice to deliver its complex and comprehensive service and therefore provides an excellent location for interprofessional education placements for Curtin students.

Curtin health science students come from the disciplines of speech pathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work, counselling psychology and professional psychology.

Curtin’s involvement began at Challis Community Primary School in March 2011. Since this time, Curtin and Challis have developed a strong relationship which has seen the program grow exponentially with significant numbers of children receiving sustainable in-situ health services.

Juniper Annesley

Juniper Annesley is an aged care facility which provides a successful IPP program for student nurses, pharmacists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and student counselling psychologists.


The service delivery is focused on achieving quality, person-centred resident care, both in individual and group sessions for residents and their families.

Placement details

This placement aims to increase your knowledge, skills and confidence in working with older adults particularly in the areas of dementia and palliation.

You may be involved in observations, assessments, intervention, self-directed learning, creation of educational tools and sessions as well as innovative projects that support the existing programs and facility staff.

Go Global

Go Global is a nationally awarded international mobility program that provides you with the opportunity to complete a four-week fieldwork experience at partner organisations overseas.

Who can I contact for further information?

You can contact Curtin Connect online, drop into Building 102 at the Perth campus or email currentstudents@health.curtin.edu.au