Teaching Filipino physiotherapists on-shore: an Australian - Filipino collaborative postgraduate health education initiative

Grimmer, Karen, Suarez, Consuelo, Agcaoili, Jocelyn, Chipchase, Lucy, Hillier, Susan, McEvoy, Maureen and Milanese, Steve (2005) Teaching Filipino physiotherapists on-shore: an Australian - Filipino collaborative postgraduate health education initiative. Education for Health: Change in Learning & Practice, 18 2: 166-178. doi:10.1080/13576280500145516

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Author Grimmer, Karen
Suarez, Consuelo
Agcaoili, Jocelyn
Chipchase, Lucy
Hillier, Susan
McEvoy, Maureen
Milanese, Steve
Title Teaching Filipino physiotherapists on-shore: an Australian - Filipino collaborative postgraduate health education initiative
Journal name Education for Health: Change in Learning & Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-6283
1469-5804
Publication date 2005-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13576280500145516
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 18
Issue 2
Start page 166
End page 178
Total pages 13
Place of publication Abingdon, United Kingdom
Publisher Carfax
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Introduction: This paper outlines a collaborative, cross-national educational initiative, commenced in 2001, in which an Australian university provided clinical and research education assistance to a Filipino University. The aim was to establish the first Filipino Master of Science in Physical Therapy program that would train physiotherapists in their home country using best available content and teaching expertise.

Process: 
Principles of quality transnational education underpinned the program design and contractual agreements. Australian educational input was tailored to local constraints to ensure efficient and effective delivery of high quality, relevant material. Approximately 60% of the inaugural program was delivered by Australian educators in one-week intensive courses on-shore in the Philippines, using local facilities and case-scenarios. Follow-up support and evaluation were provided by video, email, written workbooks and assignments once these educators returned to Australia. Filipino graduates, who were competent with course content, taught the remaining subjects. In line with an aim of empowering Filipino graduates to assume responsibility for teaching all aspects of the program by 2006, the Australian educators are now teaching less than 25% of the course content to subsequent student cohorts. After 2006, they will provide mentorship only to the program.

Results:
In 2003, 12 students in the first cohort graduated with Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Santo Tomas (UST). Twenty-four students subsequently enrolled in the second cohort (commenced 2003) and 21 students into the
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