Japan Inter Professional Working and Education Network
The Japan Inter Professional Working and Education Network (JIPWEN) was established in June 28, 2008 by ten Japanese universities who are engaged in health professions education. These schools implemented unique Interprofessional Education Programs (IPE), and they were awarded Good Practices by the Japanese Government with financial support. JIPWEN discusses critical issues of IPE and presents plural models so that institutions who are interested in the IPE programs can adapt similar models.
JIPWEN believes IPE plays an important role in optimizing the interprofessional working (IPW). JIPWEN does not intend to establish an association which organizes meetings, but intends to connect people with the Government health policy planning, and international academic links. Other activities of JIPWEN include:
- Publicizing Japanese IPE case studies for benchmarking.
- Sharing IPE experience and assessment: JIPWEN understands the IPE initiatives are unique in content; they are extremely diverse in goals, methods, modules, student compositions, organization and management systems, and timing in respective curricula. It is important to harmonize uniqueness of each program with standardized quality.
Links to the health workforce crisis
JIPWEN works together with International institutions. It has started international activities as follows:
- Coordination and collaboration with the WHO for human resource development; and
- Participation and organization of international academic conferences.
- Supporting the development of the Japanese association for IPE, JAIPE, to discuss and spread the IPE in Japan.
JIPWEN does not aim to establish an association, on a permanent basis, for IPE. Instead, JIPWEN members actively support the activities of the Japanese associations for IPE. JIPWEN plays a coordination and liaison role with the JAIPE members, WHO, international IPE networks, and international academic associations. JIPWEN advocates the importance of IPE to the Japanese Government and try, as much as possible, to strengthen the Government human resource for health (HRH) policy.
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