Education

A unique partnership providing workforce training and health education.

SCHI partnership uniquely brings together four organisations that provide workforce training and education to the majority of health professionals who operate a tertiary teaching hospital. One of the goals will be to align teaching and training activities to provide high-quality interprofessional education (IPE) experiences, which ultimately improve clinical practice, care, and patient outcomes.

 

Our dedicated and integrated research and learning spaces provide opportunities for health professionals to participate in teaching, research, and clinical practice in one convenient location. SCHI’s academic and professional staff work together to provide innovative education that expertly matches well established learning theory with innovation, passion, and a wide variety of simulation tools to enhance clinical preparedness.

Sunshine Coast Health Institute’s goal is to deliver world-class interprofessional learning opportunities to our future health professionals. Our simulation team contributes to high-quality patient care by providing excellence in simulation and clinical skills teaching.

Study at Sunshine Coast Health Institute

Sunshine Coast Health Institute provides students with a safe, comfortable, and well-supported learning environment, with mentoring provided by highly respected educators.
Please select one of our study partners to view further information and details of available programs.

Testimonials

Lauren Berlyn, USC Bachelor of Health Science

I love the working environment at SCHI. It makes learning a lot easier. All the classrooms are brand new, so they’re really modern. When it comes to group work, it’s really easy because every table has its own computer screen, which makes it handy when it comes to presentations.

Luke Braund, USC Bachelor of Biomedical Science

I want to help people living with a medical condition. I’ve got Type one diabetes, so I know what it’s like to live with a chronic condition. At times it was pretty difficult growing up with it, but it has really helped frame and shape who I am. It’s changed my whole outlook on life. Learning at SCHI feels easy because it’s a new facility. There’s modern technology in the classrooms, which makes you feel like you are part of something new and exciting.

Ryan McNeilly Smith, USC Bachelor of Urban Design and Town Planning (Honours)

Studying at SCHI is really good because the way the hospital has been designed is very interesting from an urban design perspective. There are lots of good public spaces – lots of communal outdoor areas – with lots of natural light and fresh air. The way that the public spaces at the hospital have been designed make it feel much more than just a hospital. I can learn a lot by just walking around
the grounds.

Leesa Aberdeen, Diploma of Nursing HLT54115

The institute is amazing – you’re surrounded by other health care students, and being based across from the hospital, you see the doctors and the patients. It feels like you’re actually amongst it.
 
The equipment we use is practically brand new and I’ve met people who I think will be lifelong friends. Even getting the courage to return to study was a challenge, but everyone here wants you to succeed. Our classes are smaller in size, so you get to know everyone and we help one another.

Inter-professional education

Inter-professional education and inter-professional collaborative practice

Inter-professional education (IPE) occurs “when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care” (Barr, 2002). IPE promotes inter-professional collaborative practice (IPCP) as participants review relationships between their professions, enhance mutual understanding and explore ways to combine their expertise towards improving the delivery of service, patient safety and quality of care (WHO, 2010).

 

SCHI partnership provides a unique opportunity for IPE and IPCP across the four partner organisations and a unified SCHI Model of IPE and a SCHI Inter-professional Practice Capability Framework has been developed.

Our vision

Driving the advancement of health and wellbeing through a culture of education and collaborative practice.

Our mission

Excellence in cross sectoral inter-professional education across the continuum of learning.

Our framework

Following a detailed literature review of the IPE and IPCP frameworks, a mapping exercise was undertaken to map out the graduate outcome or learning outcome statements for students at USC, Griffith University Medical School and TAFE Queensland, and the practice standards for health professionals and clinical support staff within the SCHHS.

 

The Canadian Inter-professional Health Collaborative (CIHC) Competency Framework was chosen as the framework most closely aligned with the requirements for SCHI Inter-professional Practice Capability Framework. The CIHC Framework comprises a set of competencies that require the development and integration of attitudes, behaviours, values, and judgments necessary for collaborative practice.

The six competency domains are:
  • role clarification
  • team functioning
  • inter-professional communication
  • patient/client/family/community-centred care
  • inter-professional conflict resolution
  • collaborative leadership.

Our model

Driving the advancement of health and wellbeing through a culture of education and collaborative practice.

Key goals for IPE

  • build professional competencies through interprofessional education
  • to scope and benchmark best practices inter-professional learning and integrate into teaching and professional development activities
  • collaborate to design curriculum and programs to deliver effective inter-professional learning
  • strengthen and describe educational pathways and opportunities to build the capacity and capability of our regional health workforce.