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Building better communication between doctors and practitioners
Dear <<First Name>>,
AIMA is delighted to launch our first online continuing education course for naturopaths and health practitioners - The Interprofessional Communications Course.

The course has been carefully created to equip naturopaths and other practitioners with the background knowledge, framework, and skills for writing formal letters to medical doctors.

Whilst the course has been designed for naturopaths, many of the principles have broader applications and the course is open to all types of Complementary Medicine - Health Care Practitioners (CM-HCP).

Learning objectives

On completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the standard ISBAR structure used by health professionals in health communication
  • Apply ISBAR structure to written communication
  • Differentiate concise and effective written information for integrated patient care
  • Construct effective written requests for medical investigations
  • Support safe complementary medicine health care practice by effectively obtaining medical review of high-risk clinical presentations (red flags).
Course Duration
Approximately 4 hours - on demand

AIMA Members - $180 (in order to access the discount price, please email to receive a discount code to use at check out.)
Non-Members - $220
GST applies to Australian residents only.

Course Structure
Participants will be provided with selected readings on communicating health information and interprofessional communication prior to listening to a series of five lecturettes. Each lecturette will be followed by a prescribed practice exercise and a multi-choice quiz. A personalised certificate of completion will be available to all students who pass. 

Guiding Principles
Students will also receive the Interprofessional Communications Guiding Principles which includes a suite of letter templates to guide communication with doctors.

Listing on AIMA 'Find a Practitioner'
AIMA members who complete this course are eligible for listing on our 'Find a Practitioner' database.

The course was developed by Professor Stephen Myers and Dr Joanna Harnett from the work of the AIMA Interprofessional Communications Working Group.  Further learning materials have been developed by Dr Susan Arentz.

AIMA thanks the extraordinary work of the AIMA Interprofessional Communications Working Group led by Associate Professor Jennifer Hunter.  Members of the group (in alphabetical order) are Brian Callan, Prof Marc Cohen, Dr Kylie Dodsworth, Dr Caroline Ee, Amy Forth, Louise Furney, Elysia Humphries, Dr Joanna Harnett, Dr Paulette Maroun, Teresa Mitchell-Paterson, Dr Paul Orrock, Amy Tyler.  We also extend thanks to Professor Myers, Dr Harnett and Dr Arentz.

Not an AIMA member? Join now and enjoy fantastic discounts on all online educational resources. 

Memberships enable us to build a strong integrative medicine community that is united, recognised, supported, and informed. We rely on memberships to survive and to support our goals, which are to:

  • bring integrative medicine into the mainstream
  • foster true collaborations between doctors and practitioners
  • build a lively and engaged integrative medicine community
  • support and advocate for integrative practitioners and integrative medicine through the power of a collective voice.

AIMA Membership provides a raft of benefits including:

  • Free subscription to our Monthly AIMA e-Newsletter
  • Discounted tickets to informative, fun, and inspiring AIMA Events
  • Certificate of Membership (on request)
  • One year subscription to Advances in Integrative Medicine (AIMED)  - our international peer-reviewed, evidence-based research and review journal 
  • Having your say to help shape the future of integrative medicine
  • Access to education and professional development     
  • Benefitting from the power of a collective voice advocating the goals of integrative medicine            
  • Networking and support                   
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