- Complementary Medicine Health Practitioners
Welcome to the Interprofessional Communications Course – Continuing Education for Complementary Medicine Health Practitioners
The overarching objective of this online training in interprofessional communication is to equip complementary medicine health care practitioners (CM-HCP) with the background knowledge, framework, and skills for writing formal letters to medical doctors.
By the end of this module participants should be able to:
- Describe the factors that influence effective communication.
- Explain the ISBAR framework as it relates to writing formal letters.
- Demonstrate an ability to write three types of letters to medical doctors:
- Informative letters
- Requests for investigations
- Red flag letters
Structure of module
Participants will be provided with selected readings on communicating health information and interprofessional communication prior to listening to a series of five lecturettes.
Each lecturette will be followed by a prescribed practice exercise and a multi-choice quiz (in which you have three chances to pass).
The introductory lecturette will be followed by a ‘reflective’ exercise. Lecturettes 2 – 4 focus on the three types of letters that a CM-HCP may be involved in writing. These will be followed by a practice exercise that involves writing a letter in response to a given scenario. These practice exercises, which are not assessed, are an essential part of the course.
The final lecture will summarise some of the key points covered and offer an opportunity for participants to provide feedback.
This course was developed by Professor Stephen Myers and Dr Joanna Harnett from the work of the AIMA Interprofessional Communications Working Group. Further learning materials have been developed by Dr Susan Arentz.
AIMA thanks the extraordinary work of the AIMA Interprofessional Communications Working Group led by Associate Professor Jennifer Hunter. Members of the group (in alphabetical order) are: Brian Callan, Prof Marc Cohen, Dr Kylie Dodsworth, Dr Caroline Ee, Amy Forth, Louise Furney, Elysia Humphries, Dr Joanna Harnett, Dr Paulette Maroun, Teresa Mitchell-Paterson, Dr Paul Orrock, Amy Tyler. We also extend thanks to Professor Myers, Dr Harnett and Dr Arentz.