Improve Interdisciplinary Cooperation and Collaboration

Goal 4: To improve healthcare that is provided to infants, children and youth through interdisciplinary cooperation and collaboration.


Activities and projects listed with each recommendation reflect any work that is being done within the child and youth health sector that may be considered relevant to, or contributing to, enacting the recommendation.  Activities and projects are not necessarily being performed by members of this working group, nor were they necessarily initiated as a result of the work being done by this committee.

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Recommendation 14 - Publish a Interdisciplinary Care Themed Issue in Paediatrics and Child Health

Publish a theme issue in Paediatrics and Child Health dedicated to successful models of interdisciplinary infant, child and youth health teams.

CPS Journal - Paediatrics and Child Health - Editorial entitled "The changing role of the paediatrician in the 21st century"

Recommendation 15 - Advocate for the Development of Interactive Inter-Professional Workshops and Seminars in Infant, Child and Youth Care

Advocate for the development of interactive inter-professional workshops and seminars in infant, child and youth care that use casebased learning, are offered in academic and community settings, and are attended by infants, children, youth and their families, paediatricians, family physicians, nurses and other care providers such as pharmacists, social workers, etc.

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) - Medical Education - The Future of Medical Education in Canada (FMEC) Canada's medical education system plays a foundational role in equipping physicians with the skills they will ultimately bring forward to the people and communities they serve. Although the medical education curriculum is constantly adapting to societal change, there has not been a recent comprehensive review of these changes in light of major societal changes. This project will bring together key stakeholders in medical education to undertake a comprehensive review of the current status of medical education in Canada. The review will also encompass international comparisons. Recognizing the significant role medical education plays in equipping learners with skills, this project will lay the foundation for an ongoing process to ensure that the curriculum in Canadian faculties of medicine is well aligned with societal

CPS - Advancing In Paediatric Health (link)

CAPHC Webinar Series (link)

Recommendation 16 - Host an Annual Session that Address Interdisciplinary Best Practices

The Canadian Paediatric Society, the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and others to host an annual session that addresses interdisciplinary best practices in infant, children and youth care.

CAPHC Annual Conference

Recommendation 17 - Request a Paediatric Representative on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and College of Family Physicians of Canada Joint Committee

Request a paediatric representative on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and College of Family Physicians of Canada joint committee to help support interdisciplinary collaborative initiatives relevant to infant, child and youth health.

Recommendation 18 - Develop a Model of Interdisciplinary Infant, Youth and Child Care to Incorporate into Education Curricula

Develop a model of interdisciplinary infant, youth and child care, encourage university health science programs to incorporate this model in their education curricula, and evaluate uptake of the model.

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) - Medical Education - Accreditation of Interprofessional Health Education (AIPHE)

A partnership of eight national organizations that accredit pre-licensure education for six health professions in Canada will collaborate in a 1 ½ year project to create and support the use of core joint principles/guidelines in formulating standards for interprofessional education.

Interprofessional education occurs when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care. Interprofessional education develops competencies in group decision-making, teamwork, conflict resolution, shared leadership and other knowledge, attitudes and skills that prepare students for collaborative patient-centred practice.

        National Health Sciences Students' Association  NaHSSA

        The National Health Sciences Students’ Association is Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative's (CIHC) strongest link to
        the student community. NaHSSA seeks to actively involve Canada’s health and human service students in interprofessional education
        while promoting the attitudes, skills and behaviours necessary to provide collaborative patient-centred care. By increasing health and
        human service students’ awareness for the health professionals around them and leading interprofessional student projects, NaHSSA
        is improving the current and future health of all Canadians.

        Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC)

The Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative promotes collaboration in health and education. We are educators, policymakers, health providers, students and citizens who are committed to changing the healthcare system for the better.
CIHC is a unique national organization that provides health providers, teams and organizations with the resources and tools needed to apply an interprofessional, patient-centred and collaborative approach to healthcare. While many organizations are working hard to improve the health of Canadians, CIHC's core activities are designed to make us the ‘go to’ resource for these organizations when they require expert advice, knowledge or information on interprofessional collaboration.

CRIU  - Quebec

Recommendation 19 - CIHR and the CCYHC to develop an RFP to Evaluate Interdisciplinary Care Models

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Child (CIHR) and Youth Health Coalition (CCYHC) to develop a Request for Applications to evaluate inter-disciplinary models of infant, child and youth care. 

Child and Youth Health Indicators Development Program. This initiative aims to help researchers and decision makers develop and apply meaningful indicators of child and youth health and health care to ensure that decisions are evidence-based and reflect real needs. More