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.

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

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 you 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 at