"Our shared vision for this conference is that interprofessional learning opportunities will result in a new shared culture of care in the future where the woman is at the centre and mutual understanding, trust and effective collaboration become the cornerstones of best care."
I am giving a couple of presentations. One presentation is about how I see Second Life as a conduit for inter-professional collaboration and especially team development.
My other presentation (which I am asking help for) is called "How to use online tools for collaborative teamwork". Here is the abstract:
The aim of this conference is to encourage midwives and obstetricians to work together in collaborative teams but there are a number of barriers to effective team work in maternity services. Heavy workloads and lack of staff produce time constraints. Geographical location inhibits face-to-face meetings, especially for rural and remote practitioners. Funding for time release, back-fill, flights and accommodation create further hindrances to development of state-wide and national teams. In this age of financial retrenchment, health professionals are advised to think about how they can function as ‘online teams’ using Internet tools for communication and collaboration, sharing information and project development. Using free online tools reduces costs of teamwork, encourages flexibility of time and place, which in turn supports the team’s sustainability. Online communication tools also provides the team with opportunities to develop into communities of practice that deal with a wider range of issues within the maternity services with an open membership that includes other staff, professionals and healthcare consumers. This presentation aims to discuss how free online tools such as blogs, wiki, Google Documents, Skype and DimDim supports teamwork by enabling discussion of ideas, development of collaborative documents, and communication via web conferencing.
Would love to hear from you if you are a health professional, especially midwife, obstetrician or paediatrician
Leave a comment
I would very much like to hear from midwives, obstetricians and paediatricians and any other health profession involved in the maternity sector so I can show how I have used this blog for collaboration. So please feel free to leave a comment or contact me on Twitter or Facebook.
Make a very short video
The other thing that would be fabulous is if you were able to make a short video I could embed into my presentation about how you use online tools. It need be no more than a minute, and a smallish file so we can handle it via email etc.
Look forward to hearing from you :)
Image: 'Working Together Teamwork Puzzle Concept' lumaxart