Welcome to IPE for QUM

Interprofessional Education for Quality Use of Medicines is a project currently being undertaken by researchers from the University of Newcastle, University of Wollongong and University of Tasmania. The project aims to enhance the teaching of medication safety and quality use of medicines (QUM) to nursing, pharmacy and medical students through interprofessional education (IPE).

Medication safety is a global concern and IPE is recognised as vital for preparing nursing, pharmacy and medical students for their roles in the medication team. IPE occurs when students from two or more professional groups learn about, from and with each other. IPE enhances students’ ability to communicate effectively and work as part of an interdisciplinary team.

This website provides learning resources designed for educators of nursing, pharmacy and medical students to learn about effective communication and quality use of medicines.

IPE occurs when students from two or more professional groups learn about, from or with each other to improve collaboration and quality of care.1

QUM involves selecting management options wisely, choosing suitable medicines if a medicine is considered necessary, and using medicines safely and effectively to get the best possible results.2

References:

  1. Center for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE), 2002. Available from:http://www.caipe.org.uk/about-us/defining-ipe/
  2. The National Strategy for Quality Use of Medicines. Commonwealth of Australia, 2002. Available from: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/nmp-pdf-natstrateng-cnt.htm

This project is funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC).