Developing interprofessional collaboration skills in allied health students using the Simulated Interprofessional Learning Lab (SkILL)

Mrs Catherine Moss1, Ms  Amanda  Love

1Queensland Health, Brisbane, Australia

Interprofessional education (IPE) is an important precursor to interprofessional collaborative practice (IPC). Variable opportunities exist for health students to participate in IPE activities while on clinical placement. To address a gap in IPE activities for allied health students, we developed a simulation-based learning activity for allied health students on placement within Australia’s largest Health Service. This poster describes an innovative Simulated Interprofessional Learning Lab (SkILL) workshop and reports on the perceived changes in knowledge and confidence related to IPC from the perspective of allied health students. Two-hundred-and-thirty students from 12 allied health professions participated over a three-year period and reported improved knowledge and confidence in a number of interprofessional practice capabilities. Further expansion and evaluation of the simulation-based learning activity is planned.


Catherine is a Social Worker with over 13 years’ experience in the areas of geriatric health care, supervision and leadership, and clinical education. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work at UQ in 2007, and her advanced Masters of Social Work at Monash University in 2016.

Amanda is a Speech Pathologist with over 15 years’ experience in the areas of stroke, rehabilitation and clinical education. She is currently undertaking her PhD through Griffith University.

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