Answer to "What is happening globally in IPE?"


It is important to note that IPE dates back over fifty years and it is truly a global phenomenon. The literature focusing on diverse health professional students learning together is extensive particularly from Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA since the 1960s (Barr, 2014), as it is published in English language journals. Many other countries have initiated and sustained interprofessional initiatives as evidenced by the growing number of country or region specific networks:

AfrIPEN (African Interprofessional Education Network):

AIPPEN (Australasian Interprofessional Practice and Education Network):

AIHC (American Interprofessional Health Collaborative):

CAIPE (Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education):

CIHC (Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative):

EIPEN (European Interprofessional Education Network):

JAIPE (Japanese Association for Interprofessional Education):

NIPNET (Nordic Interprofessional Network):

Other networks have been formed in South America and parts of Asia.  Non-English speaking countries publish in their own language in country-specific health professional education journals; lack of easily accessible reports and papers does not indicate lack of activity. 


The World Health Organization continues to support the need for IPE.  In recent documents, it has called for health professional education accreditation at a national level to include IPE for collaborative practice. Its five-year action plan for 2017-2021 calls for ‘provision of interprofessional education and organization of multidisciplinary care, including recommendations on skills mix and competencies to achieve integrated people-centred care’ (WHO, 2016, p.11).


Medical education and health professional education conferences, such as those run by AMEE, now typically have streams devoted to IPE. There is also a biennial international IPE conference – All Together Better Health (ATBH).  ATBH IX is being held in Auckland, New Zealand in 2018.



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