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Interprofessional Collaboration Stream


The Interprofessional Collaboration (IPC) Stream falls under the direction of a SWAHN Co-Lead who is a member of SWAHN’s Secretariat. Its primary focus is to develop and enhance education across health professions and disciplines at all levels (including undergraduate, graduate, entry-to-practice, and continuing professional development) based on priorities set by the Network Contributors’ Roundtable.

The Project Teams within the IPC Stream will focus on:

  1. Leading the development of integrated, innovative, value-added, and collaborative models of education within healthcare delivery and research;
  2. Facilitating consistent dissemination of healthcare knowledge across SWO;
  3. Advancing the value and benefits of, and enhance access to, inter-professional practice and resources by identifying and leveraging new models of inter-professional and inter-disciplinary teaching and practice transformation across Southwestern Ontario (including rural and underserved communities);
  4. Developing short and long term goals in collaboration with the SWAHN Secretariat which are specific, measureable, and achievable in one to two years (short term) and three to five years (long-term goals);
  5. Identifying appropriate performance measures to monitor progress and performance of the IPC Stream;
  6. Liaising with SWAHN’s other Streams to ensure that synergies are fully realized (i.e., to ensure that all Streams and Project Teams work collaboratively toward common goals).
Dr. Robin Walker, SWAHN Co-Lead overseeing the Interprofessional Collaboration Stream; Integrated Vice President, London Health Sciences Centre & St. Joseph’s Health Care London

Robin Walker is the Integrated Vice President of Medical Affairs and Medical Education for London Health Sciences Centre and St Joseph’s Health Care, London, and Professor of Paediatrics at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry of the University of Western Ontario. He previously held the position of Vice-President Medicine at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Professor of Pediatrics at Dalhousie University. His postgraduate work in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine was at Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS and he received his FRCPC (Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada) in pediatrics in 1977, as well as subsequently the designation FAAP (Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics).

With over 25 years’ experience as a neonatologist, Dr. Walker has worked both within the hospital sector and with non-government organizations. His research has included work on artificial intelligence tools in neonatal medicine and evidence-based approaches in the improvement of the practice of neonatal intensive care; he is currently helping lead a project to develop a comprehensive on-line profile of the health status of Canada’s children and youth.

Dr. Walker has also led initiatives to develop improved engagement and partnership between hospitals and physicians both in Halifax and now in London. Dr. Walker is a past president of the Canadian Paediatric Society and past Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Pediatric Education. Outside of his daily work, Dr. Walker has been an active advocate for the health needs of children and youth for over two decades, receiving several awards for his work. He was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in recognition of work advancing the rights of children & youth (“for his commitment to the right of all children to a healthy start in life”).

Interprofessional Collaboration Project Teams