Findings, progress, and lessons learned during the first 3 years of a student-led interprofessional health clinic in regional Australia

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Walker, Clara, Sangelaji, Bahram, Osborn, Dayle, Cotter, Nicola, Argus, Geoff and Hulme, Adam. 2024. "Findings, progress, and lessons learned during the first 3 years of a student-led interprofessional health clinic in regional Australia." Journal of Interprofessional Care. 38 (2). https://doi.org/10.1080/13561820.2023.2282084
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Findings, progress, and lessons learned during the first 3 years of a student-led interprofessional health clinic in regional Australia

ERA Journal ID34170
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsWalker, Clara, Sangelaji, Bahram, Osborn, Dayle, Cotter, Nicola, Argus, Geoff and Hulme, Adam
Journal TitleJournal of Interprofessional Care
Journal Citation38 (2)
Number of Pages6
Year2024
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1356-1820
1469-9567
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13561820.2023.2282084
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13561820.2023.2282084
AbstractWe describe the establishment and operation of a student-led interprofessional chronic disease prevention and management clinic in regional Australia. Our aim was twofold. First, to report on service delivery, student placement, and health outcome data; and second, to discuss key lessons learned during the first 3½ years of clinic operations. Between July 2019 and December 2022, 146 (79.3%) clinic participants completed the 4-month program and participated in an average of 48.4 occasions of service (total 7,060). The clinic supported 1,060 clinical placement weeks across 147 health students. There was a significant improvement across health measures reported at program completion, with the largest changes observed for the 6-min walk test and preference-adjusted quality of life. Nine key challenges and lessons were identified that affected operations and service delivery, which should be of interest to healthcare teams considering establishing an interprofessional student-led clinic.
KeywordsChronic disease; interprofessional care; Nursing and allied Health; regional; rural and remote; student-led
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ANZSRC Field of Research 20204206. Public health
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
Centre for Health Research
School of Psychology and Wellbeing
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