National Centre for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (NCIPECP)


Today's successful health professionals work across teams to provide the best patient outcomes

Overview of the National Centre


The National Centre For Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice aims to lead, facilitate and promote client-centred collaborative practice, education and research to improve health and social outcomes for all New Zealanders.


The National Centre for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (NCIPECP) was established within the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at AUT in 2009 and officially opened by the Minister of Health, Tony Ryall. It provides a vehicle for developing Education, Practice, Research and Hauora Māori by bringing collaboration to the forefront of health professional education. The Centre is committed to advancing interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice to improve the quality of healthcare.It has a vision to support educators and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and provides opportunity for new and emerging models of practice to develop. Colleagues within the NCIPECP have been involved in the development of the World Health Organisation publication outlining international health workforce challenges and developments. This international report acknowledges that there is sufficient evidence to indicate that interprofessional education promotes collaborative practice.

Key terms

Interprofessional Education (IPE) occurs when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care.

The key elements of IPE are -

  • Encourages professions to learn with, from and about each other
  • Respects the distinctive contributions of each profession

Though most frequently used by universities in referring to undergraduate training, IPE can also include teaching and learning opportunities in IPL for qualified health professionals. As such, IPE comprises all such learning in academic and work based settings, before and after qualification, and includes the 'professional' status of healthcare support workers.

Interprofessional Learning (IPL) is the overarching term encompassing interprofessional education, and interprofessional practice. It is a philosophical stance, embracing life long learning, adult learning principles and an ongoing, active learning process, between different cultures and professions. The IPL philosophy supports health professionals working collaboratively in a health care setting. IPL aims to promote purposeful interaction with service users and carers, and quality patient centred care.  Learning can be formal and/or informal.

Interprofessional Practice (IPP) occurs when all members of the health service delivery team participate in the team's activities and rely on one another to accomplish common goals and improve health care delivery, thus improving patient's quality experience. IPP is enhanced when it is supported by interprofessional learning experiences.

Collaborative Practice - Collaboration is an active and ongoing partnership, often between people from diverse backgrounds, who work together to solve problems or provide services (Freeth et al., 2005). Occurring at the intersection between self-reflection and active engagement (Gerardi & Fontaine, 2007), collaboration is theoretically defined as a joint intellectual effort of working together in mutually supportive teams. In the practice setting, collaboration is "an interprofessional process for communication and decision-making that enables the separate and shared knowledge and skills of care providers to synergistically influence the client/patient care provided" (Way et al., 2000, p. 3). Collaborative practice is then both patient-centered and team-based. Collaborative practice maximises the strengths and skills of each contributing health and social care worker to increase the quality of patient care (Hoffman et al., 2007).

Current initiatives

Schedule of meetings

These can be obtained via the AUT, School of Interprofessional Health Studies


Directors and their contact details


Professor Marion Jones
Ph: +64 9 921 7871

Dr Susan Shaw
Associate Dean (Academic)
Ph +64 9 921-9764