Integrated Population Medicine Program

What is Population Medicine?

As our population ages and chronic diseases become more common, it is important that our medical students have an opportunity to understand what it’s like to live with a chronic condition outside the hospital or clinic. Population medicine encourages them to consider the causes and prevention of health problems, how health problems are currently dealt with and what could be done better. As part of this process students have to consider the scientific evidence, as well as the personal and social impact of a disease within the health system.

What is the program about?

IPM is designed to help medical students understand what it’s like for people living with a chronic health condition. We want them to understand the impact the condition has on the person, their family and friends, and what it’s like to manage a chronic condition at home, in the community and in the health system over time.

To do this, they have been asked to find a person living with a chronic health condition and to work with them for 12 months. During this time they will complete a variety of tasks to show us what they are learning.

A chronic health condition is one that lasts for about six months or longer. Some examples are asthma, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, stroke or a physical or intellectual disability.

More information for possible participants

More information for health practitioners

Any questions?

If you are interested in participating in IPM or would like any further information, please contact the Population Medicine Program Administrator, Ms Luise Kazda on 02 9036 5360 or via .