Developing clinicians who model excellent practice, challenge poor practice and inspire others

Ms Nicole Shaw1,2, Mrs Yvonne  Hewitt1, Mrs Carollyn Williams1

1Barwon Health, Geelong, Australia, 2Deakin University, Geelong, Australia



To develop an engaging, relevant-to-practice learning opportunity for experienced clinicians to explore capabilities beyond disciplinary proficiency that support interdisciplinary clinical excellence

The course purpose was to provide an interprofessional experience to develop knowledge in relation to higher order practice skills and collaboration, in order to improve patient centred care.


The Advancing Interdisciplinary Clinical Excellence (AdvICE) course was developed through a process of interdisciplinary collaboration within the healthcare organisation’s education unit. Rigorous and simultaneous processes of literature reviews, consultation with stakeholders and local and international expertise in the interprofessional education (IPE) field were also utilised. The research aims were evaluated using a mixed methods research approach.


Ten courses have been run, with 220 participants.

The course has provided a valuable opportunity for staff to learn from, with and about others with whom they work.

The data has revealed changes in attitudes to interprofessional collaboration and confidence to implement strategies to support enhanced teamwork.

AdvICE has challenged participants to move away from siloed, traditional care models to a collaborative practice model that improves safety and delivers quality care outcomes.

Significance of the findings to allied health:

Course evaluations show evidence that a transition is taking place for participants when it comes to clinical excellence. Research suggests this will have a positive impact on the quality of care provided to consumers and increase efficiencies, cost effectiveness and staff satisfaction at work.


Nicole Shaw is the workplace interprofessional education lead with the clinical education and training unit at Barwon Health.