We report the preliminary findings of a project that sought the views of first year undergraduate health science students about interprofessional education (IPE) and how they perceived the interaction between different "professions" in the health care context. Students were also asked about the use of wireless keypads in undergraduate classroom learning environments and whether it suited their learning approaches. The aim of this study was to ascertain undergraduate health science student views on IPE and educational technology during the first year of their undergraduate course. The study used a pre-test post-test methodology investigating IPE perspectives and attitudes towards educational technology (wireless keypads). This paper will report on the initial pre-test results.

Author Biography

Brett Williams BAVEd, Grad Cert ICP, Grad Dip EmergHlth, MHlthSc, PhD (Candidate) MACAP, NAEMSE.

Brett Williams is a senior lecturer at Monash University (Department of Community Emergency Health & Paramedic Practice) with over 15 years experience in paramedic education. He has been heavily involved in the ideological transition of paramedic education from vocational origins to the higher education sector and has developed curriculum for both undergraduate and postgraduate students in face-to-face and e-learning modes.

Brett is currently undertaking his PhD. Brett's research and teaching interests are focused on the paradigm of student-centred learning, alternative learning opportunities, innovative teaching strategies and interprofessional education.


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Mal Boyle ADipBus (GenAdmin), BInfoTech, MClinEpi, PhD

Mal is a senior lecturer at Monash University - Department of Community Emergency Health & Paramedic Practice teaching primarily evidence-based paramedic practice to undergraduate students. Primary research interests include prehospital trauma management and linking of ambulance datasets to other health related datasets and subsequent analysis. Mal is still a practicing Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA) Paramedic in rural Victoria.