An important component in preparing health workers for collaborative practice is interprofessional education.
The World Health Organization has described a collaborative-ready worker as “someone who has learned how to work in an interprofessional team and is competent to do so” (WHO, 2010, p. 7).
Interprofessional education “occurs when two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes” (WHO, 2010, p. 13).
Nearly one-quarter of interprofessional education courses are provided by universities (WHO, 2010). In New Zealand, interprofessional education courses or programmes are offered by Auckland University of Technology, University of Auckland, University of Otago, and other tertiary providers.