Exploring the value of interprofessional student-led clinics for chronic disease patients

Francis Yi Xing Lai, Fiona Kent and Miodrag Dodic
Med J Aust 2015; 203 (10): . || doi: 10.5694/mja15.00360
Published online: 16 November 2015

Interprofessional student-led clinics have recently been established to extend educational capacity beyond traditional single-discipline placements in the acute sector and to facilitate the development of a collaborative approach to health care.1 Although student satisfaction with interprofessional education (IPE) is common,2 it is unclear whether IPE improves chronic disease management, a global priority of health care practice.3 This study explored the impact of interprofessional student-led clinics on chronic disease management in the primary care setting.

  • 1 Monash Health, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Monash University, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 Peninsula Health, Melbourne, VIC



We thank Charlie Watt for assistance in data collection, and the students and patients who participated in the study. We thank Bronwyn Beovich for assistance in data analysis and the preparation of this manuscript. This project was possible due to funding from the Australian Government and the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria.

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  • 4. Reeves S, Perrier L, Goldman J, et al. Interprofessional education: effects on professional practice and health care outcomes (update). Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2013; 3: CD002213.


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