19 June 2013

Queensland University of Technology is now home to one of Australia's largest health student competitions.

The HealthFusion Team Challenge (HFTC), which has been hosted in Brisbane since 2007, is now operating from QUT's Gardens Point campus.

Based on the concept that good teamwork can result in better health care, the HFTC aims to boost collaboration and appreciation across the health professions through a shared learning experience.

Students that compete in the HFTC develop a patient plan in response to a challenging case study and then present it to a panel of judges and live audience.

Teams are also judged on their ability to work quickly and effectively under pressure as they respond to a number of challenging extension activities based on the case study.

Head of the School of Clinical Sciences, Professor Lisa Nissen said the QUT HFTC was a fantastic opportunity for QUT students across the health sciences.

"The HFTC is a nationally and internationally recognised leader in interprofessional education that delivers a highly interactive, high fidelity program that students enjoy," she said.

"This is an opportunity for QUT to step out as leaders in the interprofessional learning and teaching space."

QUT is no stranger to the challenging HFTC format after its students placed third in the finals of the 2011 National Oz HFTC.

The relocation to QUT has also seen the introduction of a new intra-university competition exclusively for QUT students.

Instead of a live presentation, teams will submit their patient plan as a four minute video via YouTube.

These will be judged by the HFTC's remote interprofessional and international panel of expert judges.

All QUT teams will gather on 2 August to complete the practical extension activities before a live audience at Room360, Gardens Point.

The winner of the QUT HFTC will then represent the university at the newly renamed Trans-Tasman HFTC (TT HFTC) in late August.

There is high anticipation surrounding the first QUT HFTC and Project Manager Jane Furnas said she anticipates a bumper first year.

"Uptake of the program has been massive at QUT," Ms Furnas said.

"From a concept that only a handful of QUT staff have seen before, we have seen the Faculty of Health embrace the concept."

The HFTC is a free and public event and QUT staff and students are welcome to attend.



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