Student placement in aged care.

An Interprofessional Education (IPE) student placement in an aged care setting promotes collaborative practice with other professions and allows students to learn more about the practical application of their role in a supportive and structured environment.

This learning has been demonstrated to create an aged care workforce which can work efficiently and collaboratively for the benefit of residents.

What is the IPEAC toolkit?

The IPEAC toolkit has been developed specifically to guide residential aged care staff in conducting an IPE student placement at their facility. It uses learning and experience from a research report specifically designed to evaluate their benefit in these settings.

Successful placements prepare students for the workforce and increase capacity of aged care facilities to enhance the care provided to residents.

Four modules

The IPEAC Toolkit is comprised of four modules to help guide and navigate you through hosting IPE student placements at a level that suits your organisation.

1. IPE in aged care
2. Getting started
3. Running an IPE student placement
4. Moving forward with IPE

Download the IPEAC Toolkit

Is the IPEAC toolkit suitable for our aged care facility?

The IPEAC toolkit is suitable for your setting if:

  • You would like to or currently supervise students on practical placements at your facility
  • You would like to increase the care provided to residents and reduce time pressures on staff which can be common in residential aged care

The toolkit is a guide only, to help you integrate individual interprofessional learning activities into discipline-specific student placements in residential aged care facilities.

What will I get from the IPEAC toolkit?

The IPEAC toolkit will assist with facilitating IPE student placements at your facility. It provides templates and practical tips to get started and support IPE student placements.

The toolkit has been developed for residential aged care facilities to:

  • Support IPE student placements and student learning about aged care and cognitive and functional related decline
  • Improve resident wellbeing through student interaction
  • Build the capacity of staff to lead interprofessional education and practice
For more information on the IPEAC toolkit, please contact the Brightwater Research Centre

Frequently asked questions

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  • Can I volunteer with the Brightwater Research Centre?


    Volunteers help our research centre with data collection, data analysis, literature reviews and more.

    Please visit our Research Volunteers page for more information.

  • What sort of research do you conduct?

    All of our research is focused on improving the quality of life of our residents and clients, therefore most of our research is practical and applied in a care/community setting.

    Our priorities are brain health, brain injury rehabilitation, independence, ageing well, dementia care, quality of life, Huntington’s disease and nutrition.

    For more information, see our Current Research page.

  • What are the steps involved in gaining approval to conduct research at Brightwater?

    Step 1

    Complete the Brightwater Research Enquiry

    Step 2

    If your research enquiry is considered feasible for Brightwater, you will be invited to complete the Brightwater Research Application form.
    Note: Research applications go to the Brightwater Research Centre or Steering Committee for approval

    Step 3

    Once your research application is approved, complete all required legal and administrative documentation.

    Step 4

    Commence your research study!


  • Can I donate to the Brightwater Research Centre?

    Donations can be used to fund research studies at Brightwater.

    Click here to learn more about donations.

  • Can I partner with Brightwater for my research project?

    Please submit the Brightwater Research Enquiry and we will be in touch.