Workshop on IPE research in Asia-Pacific Region (Online)
– Orientation for Asia-Pacific IPE Research Alliance –

Date: March 18, 2022. 17:00 – 18:30 (JST)

The orientation meeting for Asia-Pacific IPE Research Alliance (AIR Alliance) was successfully organized by the WHOCC for Research and Training on IPE, Gunma University. The current states of IPE research in Asia Pacific Region and the two country members (Korea and Indonesia) were shared during the meeting.
To response to the barriers and gaps in the contribution of Asia relating to IPE research for the global compared to other regions, the AIR Alliance is created with the aims of connecting IPE members across the countries, facilitating research, and supporting each other on all aspects. The key activities of the AIR Alliance were introduced and discussed. The success of the orientation was evident in the excitement of becoming a member of the AIR Alliance from 22 former participants from the Philippines, Mongolia, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, and Indonesia and 12 faculty members of the Center in the presence of the observers from WHO and JICA. The next step will be implementing regarding AIR Alliance membership application process.

AIR_Photo2
 
AIR_Photo3

Report of IPE Training Course 2021

The 8th Gunma University
IPE Training Course

Purpose
To provide practical information for developing/improving IPE programs

Date
23rd August - 27th August 2021

Venue
Online via Zoom

Participants
53 participants (26 non-Japanese and 27 Japanese)
Non-Japanese participants consisted of 22 participants (9 from the Philippines, five from Vietnam, four from Mongolia, two from Indonesia, one from Thailand and Brunei Darussalam, respectively), one guest speaker from Indonesia, and three observers from Korea, China, and Vietnam. Japanese participants comprised 20 faculty members, three observers from Gunma University, and four guest speakers from a WHO Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) and two Japan Interprofessional Working and Education Network (JIPWEN) universities.

Program
Lectures and workshops offered information on the IPE training program at Gunma University and the Toolkit, which the Centre for Research and Training on Interprofessional Education at Gunma University had developed for other institutions to use as a checklist when they introduce/improve IPE programs in their institutions. In a workshop, participants experienced simulated interprofessional training based on case scenarios. Additional lectures covered related topics such as the present situation of IPE in Asia and the world. Guest speakers were invited from a WHO Collaboration Centre and JIPWEN universities to provide participants with further hints for the development/improvement of IPE programs. In addition, a former participant in the 2016 program from Indonesia was invited to share her experiences of initiating IPE programs. In addition, during the training course, two opportunities were provided for participants to present on the current situation of IPE and challenges in introducing/improving IPE in their institution and their action plan. Each presentation was followed by an active question and answer session.

Guest Lectures
IPE and Patient Safety
Prof. Hideomi Watanabe
Professor, Dean, Faculty of Health Care, Takasaki University of Health and Welfare
Former Director of the Centre for Research and Training on Interprofessional Education, Gunma University

Community-based IPE Program for Undergraduates in Sapporo Medical University (JIPWEN University)
Prof. Hitoshi Sohma
Professor, Center for Medical Education, Sapporo Medical University

Development, Operation, and Future Expectation of Inohana IPE at Chiba University
Prof. Ikuko Sakai
Director, Interprofessional Education Research Center, Chiba University (JIPWEN University)

Disaster Risk Reduction for Health and IPE
Prof. Sonoe Mashino
Professor, Research Institute of Nursing Care for People and Community, University of Hyogo
WHO Collaborating Centre for Disaster Risk Management for Health (JPN-77)

Addressing Barrier to IPE Implementation: Lessons from Universitas Islam Sultan Agung Indonesia
Dr. Endang Lestari
Lecturer and Researcher, Universitas Islam Sultan Agung, Indonesia
Participant in the IPE Training Course 2016

Lectures
Challenges Facing the World Health Organization
Current State and Challenges for IPE in Asia and the World
IPE Program at Gunma University
Evaluation of IPE

Workshops
Filling in the Toolkit
Simulated Interprofessional Training Based on Case Scenarios

Presentations by Participants
Current State of IPE and Challenges for Introducing/Improving IPE in Participant’s Institutions
Action Plans to Introduce/Improve IPE in Participant’s Institutions

Organizer
WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training on Interprofessional Education, Gunma University

Auspices
Japan Interprofessional Working and Education Network (JIPWEN)
Graduate School of Health Sciences, Gunma University

Report of an IPE Webinar (Prof. Lee)

Term: 8 May 2021

Venue: Zoom

Host:
University of Santo Tomas, Philippines

Content:
Professor Lee was invited to the IPE webinar “Cultivating Collaboration, Fostering Interprofessionalism in Healthcare: A Webinar on Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice” as a keynote speaker hosted by University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. He had a presentation entitled “Interprofessional Education during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Report of the International Symposium (Online)

Term: 20th Feb 2021. 01:00-02:30 PM (JST, UTC +0900)
 
Venue: Zoom, hosted by Gunma University WHO Collaborating Centre
 
Content:
Gunma University WHO Collaborating Centre invited Dr. Shinjiro Nozaki who is Compliance and Risk Management Officer, Office of the Regional Director, WHO Western Pacific Region, as a Special Lecturer in the International Symposium on 20th February 2021. Dr. Shinjiro Nozaki had a presentation entitled “Update Information on COVID-19 in Western Pacific Region and WHO’s Response”.
The International Symposium was attended by 126 participants who are belong to Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Public Health Centers, Hospitals, Universities in all across Japan.

Report of IPE Training Course Follow-Up Seminar

IPE Training Course Follow-Up Seminar (Online)

Date: February 15, 2021. 16:00-18:00 (JST)

The Centre for Research and Training for Interprofessional Education has held IPE Training Course annually since 2013 to provide practical information and a model for the development of IPE programs. The number of participants in the programs between 2013 and 2019 amounted to 84 from 10 countries. After attending the program, participants are expected to play a central role in implementing and improving IPE programs at their institutions. To share the experiences of the former participants, IPE Training Course Follow-Up Seminar was organized. The online seminar was attended by 17 former participants from Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Mongolia, Turkey, and the UK and 15 faculty members of the Centre. In the seminar, 7 participants reported the gaps between their plans at the Training Course and their actual experiences.

Report of Virtual Workshop on Interprofessional Education (Prof. Lee)

Term: 14 January 2021
Venue: Zoom
Host: Eulji University, Republic of Korea
Content: Professor Lee was invited to the virtual workshop on Interprofessional Education as a keynote speaker hosted by Eulji University. He had a presentation entitled “The importance of IPE in health profession undergraduate programs.

Report of Webinar and Discussion on Interprofessional Education (Dr. Makino)

Term: 13 December 2020
Venue: Zoom, hosted by Universitas Islam Sultan Agung
Content: Dr. Makino was invited to the Webinar and Discussion on Interprofessional Education as a speaker hosted by Universitas Islam Sultan Agung. Dr. Makino had a presentation entitled “Quality of Health Professional Education: IPE” at the Lecture Session. In this presentation, Dr. Makino explained “Implementation of IPE for Undergraduate Students at Gunma University”.

1.Detail
Term: 10.00-16:30, 13 December 2020
Venue: Zoom
Participants from Gunma University
    Dr. Takatoshi Makino, Associate Professor

2.Introduction                           Figure 1
Graduate School of Health Sciences, Gunma University signed the agreement for Academic Exchanges and Cooperation between Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Islam Sultan Agung, Indonesia on middle of November 2020.
This webinar was held one of activity for an academic cooperation (Figure 1).

3.Presentation at Lecture Session as a speaker (Figure 2 )
Dr. Makino was invited to the Webinar and Discussion on Interprofessional Education as a speaker hosted by Universitas Islam Sultan Agung. Dr. Makino had a presentation entitled “ Quality of Health Professional Education: IPE” at the Lecture Session. In this presentation, Dr. Makino explained “Implementation of IPE for Undergraduate Students at Gunma University”.

                 Data: 15 December 2020
                 On behalf of mission members: Dr. Takatoshi Makino
                  Signature  

Figure2 
Figure 2

Report of The Patient Safety Conference 2020

Term: 17 September 2020
Venue: Hotel Racine Shin-Maebashi, Shin-Maebashi, Japan
Content:
The Gunma University, WHO Collaborating Centre (JPN-89) for Research and Training on Interprofessional Education successfully organized the Patient Safety Conference 2020 lighting with orange color in Rinko-kaku and Takasaki Kan-non, Gunma Japan on 17 September 2020.                 (Photo_01:Whole photo at Conference)

The conference was held at Hotel Racine Shin- Maebashi, co-hosts with Gunma University, Gunma Medical Association, Gunma Prefecture, and Takasaki University of Health and Welfare in collaboration with Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan. Dr. Nobuo Morotomi, Director, Patient Safety Promotion Office, Administration Division, Health Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan has presented as a guest speaker in the title: Trends in Medical Safety Measures. (Photo_01)

The lighting was arranged following schedule:
 Rinko-kaku (Prefecture Guest House) : 18:30 – 23:00 from 14 – 17 September
   (Courtesy by Maebashi Municipal Government) (Photo_02)

 Takasaki Kan-non : 18:00 – 22:00 from 14 September to 20 September
   (Courtesy by Jigan-in Temple)(Photo_03)

(Photo_02:The lighting at Rinko-kaku)

(Photo_03:The lighting at Takasaki Kan-non)

Mission to WHO/Headquarter

1. Detail
Term: 17 February – 19 February 2020
Venue: SDS and HWF/WHO/HQ, 20,
    Avenue Appia-1211 Geneva27,
    Switzerland
Participants from Gunma University (Photo1)
Dr. Hideomi Watanabe, Vice President, Professor
Dr. Akinori Kama, Professor
Dr. Takatoshi Makino, Associate Professor
Dr. Hiroki Matsui, Associate Professor
Dr. Ena Sato, Assistant Professor                   Photo1
Dr. Kazumi Tanaka, Assistant Professor
(Temporary assignment to WHO/HQ/SDS as a volunteer)

2. Summary in brief
Participants from Gunma University Centre for Research and Training on IPE (the Centre) visited WHO/HQs to discuss future collaborative activities with Service Delivery and Safety (SDS) and Health Workforce (HWF) Departments. We had fruitful discussions on a range of issues as follows.

1) Volunteer at WHO
Prof. Watanabe expressed deep appreciations to Dr. Naoko Yamamoto, Dr. Neelam Dhingra, Dr. Papieva Irina and Dr. Rogers Paul, for supervising Dr. Tanaka and her accomplishments in the SDS. They all returned thanked Dr. Tanaka’s efforts and explained her working theme.

2) Curriculum guide for patient safety
The Centre discussed with Dr. Neelam Dhingra and Dr Papieva Irina about the global and national action on patient safety. (Photo2) PSQ unit is now developing and revising the curricula about patient safety and Dr. Tanaka is now engaged in systematic review  and developing the toolkit for the effective teamwork and communication in terms of patient safety. This curriculum guide will be issued next year.

3) Integrated care for aging
WHO is reviewing content of appropriate the timing and interventions based on a multifaceted assessment of the elderly. The Centre discussed this matter with Dr. Yamamoto and got a request for temporary assignment to assist this field in WHO.

4) IPE Training Course at Gunma University
The Centre reported to Dr. Paul about the results of IPE Training Course which introduced IPC program last year. The Centre also discussed with Dr. Paul for the future collaboration, and Dr. Paul encouraged us to participate in the Fifth Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety on 27-28 February 2020, in Montreux, Switzerland.

5) Nutrition and food safety
Food is the cornerstone of humans, and WHO is addressing nutrition and food safety challenges. For healthy eating habits, Dr. Nishida, Coordinator of Nutrition Policy and Scientific Advice Unit, explained the overview of working theme, ① guidelines for nutrition intake, ② guidelines for micronutrients and ③ introduce national policy guidelines for nutrition intake.

6) WHOCC activities on IPE
The Centre explained a plan of IPE activity during second designation (2017-2021). Mr. Campbell, Director of Health Workforce (HWF) acknowledged the status of the achievement of our CC in IPE activities. (Photo3) Mr. Campbell hoped for the continued collaboration with our CC and encouraged to participate in 5th global forum on HRH in 2021.

7) Meeting with WHO staff and staff of The Global Fund
The Centre had a fruitful discussion with Coordinator of Quality Systems and Resilience, WHO staff from Japanese government and staff of the Global Fund. The Centre also discussed future prospects for integrated collaboration.

3. A list of persons met during the visit

Dr. Naoko Yamamoto Assistant Director-General, Universal Health Coverage / Healthier Populations, WHO
Dr. Dhingra-Kumar Neelam Coordinator, PSQ, SDS, HIS, WHO
Dr. Papieva Irina Technical Consultant, PSQ, SDS, WHO
Dr. James Campbell Director, HWF, HIS, WHO
Dr. Chizuru Nishida Coordinator, Nutrition Policy and Scientific Advice Unit, NHD, WHO
Dr. Rain Yamamoto Scientist, Nutrition Policy and Scientific Advice Unit, NHD, WHO
Dr. Yumi Kisaka External Relations Officer, DGO/CRM, WHO
Dr. Yuka Sumi Medical Officer, Aging and Life Course, Family, Women’s and Children’s Health.
Secondment from Kanagawa prefecture
Dr. Alessandro Cassini Technical Officer, Infection Prevention and Control Global Unit, SDS, WHO
Dr. Rogers Paul Programme Manager, IPC, SDS, WHO
Dr. Shams B. Syed Coordinator, Quality Systems and Resilience, SDS, WHO
Prof. Osamu Kunii Head, Strategy, Investment and Impact Division, The Global Fund

                       Date: 28 February 2020
                       On behalf of mission members: Dr. Ena Sato

photo2 photo3
Photo2                   Photo3

Report of 2019 Global Workforce Symposium on Accreditation and Regulation (Dr. Sato)

1.Detail
Term: 10 December – 12 December 2019
Venue: Le Meridien Istanbul Etiler Mahallesi,
    Istanbul, Turkey
Participants from Gunma University
Dr. Hideomi Watanabe, Vice President
Dr. Akinori Kama, Professor
Dr. Takatoshi Makino, Associate Professor
Dr. Ena Sato, Assistant Professor
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
                                   Photo1

2.Summary in brief
The members of Gunma University Centre for Research and Training on IPE (the Centre) attended the 2019 Global Symposium on Health Wokforce Accreditaion and Regulation. (Photo 1). The symposium reviewed health workforce-related accreditation and regulation, enhance data sharing across Member States and relevant stakeholders, and support institutional readiness, consistent with the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 and its 2020 milestone.
The members of the Centre actively discussed future collaborative research with Dr. Wanicha Chuenkongkaew in terms of the efficacy for IPE which Mahidol University and Mahasarakham University, Thailand will implement for students of Department of medical and pharmacy. (Photo 2)

3.A list of persons met during the Conference
1) Dr. Wanicha Chuenkongkaew, Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Mahidol University

photo2 
Photo2

                       Data: 28 December 2019
                       On behalf of mission members: Dr. Ena Sato