Interprofessional collaboration and teamwork in a rural setting

This area of research includes a focus on 'communities of practice' and the way health professional's work together in rural settings. There are many challenges to the sustainability of existing communities of practice and a need for new ones to be cultivated with the advent of Medicare Locals and the growing importance of the management of chronic disease. This research aims to understand the ways that communities of health professionals work together in a changing environment.

Publications include:

Smith T, Stone N, Bull R. Strengthening interprofessional practice. In A Textbook of Australian Rural Health, Liaw S-T, Kilpatrick S (Ed.). Australian Rural Health Education Network, Canberra, 2008. ISBN 978 0 9775687 2 7

Smith T, Jones P. Remote x-ray operator radiography: a case study in interprofessional rural clinical practice. Journal of Interprofessional Care 2007; 21(3): 289-302

Smith T, Stone N, Bull R, Chesters J, Waller S, Playford D, Fuller J. Australian Rural Health Education Network's position on interprofessional education and practice in health care.  Rural and Remote Health (Online), 2007, 7:866