Strengthening interprofessional culture across health professional education and the workplace – the Interprofessional Twilight Challenge

Mrs Kathryn Vick1, Ms Nicole Shaw1,2, Ms Sherryn Evans2

1Barwon Health, Clinical Education & Training, Geelong, Australia, 2Deakin University, Faculty of Health, Geelong, Australia

The Interprofessional Twilight Challenge (ITC), an initiative between Barwon Health (BH) and Deakin University (DU) which began in 2017, was conceived to improve interprofessional collaboration (IPC). BH and DU share a commitment to developing effective IPC in the healthcare workforce to improve workplace culture, practice and achieve best outcomes for healthcare consumers(1). Staff from both organisations had past experiences of national team events which, whilst very valuable, represented limited opportunities for participation at scale and required a level of pre-event preparation that acted as a disincentive for busy health professionals to participate. An opportunity arose for staff from BH and DU to develop an event that would overcome these issues.

Although conceptually the ITC was sparked by other team events, it is innovative in its adaptation to the health service setting and its partnership approach including the institution-level reach, varied composition of teams, and elimination of pre-event work for participants.

In the ITC, twelve teams comprising students, academics, health professionals or clinical educators, compete in six problem-solving activities based on a case study to demonstrate mastery in IPC skills. The activities are judged against a rubric based on the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC) Framework. The team with the highest score is declared the winner.

138 individuals have competed in the event. Collation of feedback (n = 92) revealed 95% of respondents agreed the ITC increased awareness of the key competency domains of IPC and created an authentic learning experience promoting IPC. All respondents (100%) agreed the ITC enabled interprofessional learning in a fun and engaging manner, whilst 90% agreed it showcased a collaborative partnership between BH and DU.

Evaluation has demonstrated the ITC provides a learning experience which is helping to strengthen interprofessional culture. With organisational support from BH and DU, it is programmed as an ongoing annual event.

(1) World Health Organisation. (2010). Framework for action on interprofessional education & collaborative practice.  Retrieved from

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