The Remote Health Experience is run by three Northern Territory (NT) partner institutions – Flinders University Northern Territory, Charles Darwin University (CDU) and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. It is a three-day, On Country, interprofessional education program that simulates a real-life remote health context in Katherine, NT. Participants are final year Nursing, Pharmacy, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner, and first year Doctor of Medicine students.
The team from Flinders, CDU and Batchelor developed and implemented the Remote Health Experience to assist in achieving the challenging goal of delivering meaningful interprofessional education in a Northern Territorian context. Interprofessional education aims to prepare future health professionals for effective collaboration in practice (Deutchman 2012; Mfopu et al. 2014; Halaas et al. 2007), yet there is currently only limited evidence of successful programs.
This case study focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner students’ perspectives, gathered via a post-event evaluation, of the Remote Health Experience program. The evaluation aimed to determine if and how the interprofessional aspects of the program influenced the students’ practice and aspirations.