Taking Action Together for Asthma

21 October 2009

Students who took part in the inter-professional initiative TATA this year.
Students who took part in the inter-professional initiative TATA this year.

Taking Action Together for Asthma (TATA) is an inter-professional learning initiative for students from the Faculties of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. The initiative was set up and tested by academic staff from the three faculties last year as a research project funded by a Teaching Improvement Equipment Scheme (TIES) grant from the University of Sydney.

Following the success and positive feedback from students involved in last year's program, twenty-one students from the three Faculties enrolled and completed the three-day program which was run voluntarily this year by Dr Bandana Saini, Professor Carol Armour and Dr Sinthia Bosnic-Anticevich from the Faculty of Pharmacy, Dr John Grootjans from the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery and Dr Smita Shah from the Faculty of Medicine. The interprofessional initiative was housed within different subjects/years across the three Faculties. It formed part of the 4th year clinical experience subject for Pharmacy students, it was a first/second year option in the Graduate Medical Program for Medical students, and formed a second year subject in the Masters of Nursing program.

The three day program gives students the opportunity to learn about each others professions, train as health educators for a peer led asthma education program and actually go to schools in interprofessional groups to deliver this program to peer leaders in schools.

Professor Iqbal Ramzan, Dean of Pharmacy congratulated those involved in setting up the program, saying 'this is a fantastic initiative and a great example that can be followed to introduce future models for collaborative teaching within as well as external to the Faculty.'

'There are a number of advantages that this program provides', says Dr Saini, 'one is the inter-professional experience for the participating students, they learn about asthma and also a particular interest group in asthma - adolescents. However there is the added advantage of exposing future students in schools to the idea of various health professions working together and the benefits that can stem from this.' All academics involved have been greatly encouraged at the amount of positive feedback that has come from participating students. Given this success it is hoped that the initiative will continue to form part of the curriculum for all three faculties in the future.

For more information please contact Dr Bandana Saini, at the Faculty of Pharmacy on

Contact: Claire Riordan

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