Interprofessional Collaboration
Collaborative care is defined as occurring “…when multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds provide comprehensive services by working with patients, their families, caregivers, and communities to deliver the highest quality of care across settings” (WHO, 2010). Interprofessional education (IPE) is a teaching strategy to prepare and inspire students to strive towards providing excellent collaborative care across practice settings.
In response, the Deans of the Rady Faculty created and endorsed a consultation unit tasked with the development of a curriculum focused on enriching collaborative skills. One faculty member from each of the Rady Faculty Colleges (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Rehabilitation Sciences) were appointed with 0.4 positions to the Office of Interprofessional Collaboration (OIPC). The OIPC’s key objective is to expose all Rady Faculty students to the six competencies of IPC, including: role clarity, team functioning, shared leadership, conflict resolution, interprofessional communication, and client/patient-centred care (CIHC, 2010).

Thus far, our proposal includes interprofessional student groupings collaboratively completing learning activities designed to address the competencies of IPC. It has become evident that building an IPC curriculum requires academic inquiry into values, models and frameworks in order to effectively inform development.  Meeting the needs of the Colleges is vital to sustaining and advancing this curriculum. We look forward to consultation with the Colleges to ensure the proposed learning outcomes are meeting the needs of all Rady Faculty students.


Amanda Condon, MD, CCFP

Amanda is family physician practicing at ACCESS River East - an interprofessional, community based primary care clinic in Winnipeg.  She provides a full service family practice, including, clinic, hospital and long term care, obstetrics and home-based primary care. She regularly teaches medical students, family medicine residents and physician assistant students as part of her clinic work.  Working together with other members of the interprofessional team, they care for complex patients in the community, work with patients and families as they aim to improve management of chronic medical conditions and the overall health of their community. She appreciates that a collaborative approach to practice is more patient centred, incredibly professionally rewarding. She is the Undergraduate Director for the Department of Family Medicine and the Max Rady College of Medicine member of the Office of Interprofessional Collaboration. She joined the OIPC in 2015 and brings her clinical experience and enthusiasm for inter professional collaboration to planning and implementation of a longitudinal curriculum on collaboration.  She has an interest in digital health technology, quality improvement in health care and the role of interprofessional primary care teams in improving the health of a population.

Moni Fricke, BMR (PT), PhD
Moni is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Physical Therapy, College of Rehabilitation Sciences.  She has been with the University of Manitoba for over 16 years, teaching in the areas of social determinants of health, theoretical models of disablement and professionalism. Her professional experiences as a physiotherapist in rehabilitation, gerontology and Indigenous health in northern and remote communities have led to her strong commitment to interprofessional collaboration. Moni has been involved in the initiation of various interprofessional learning opportunities at the University of Manitoba in the past, including social determinants of health (along with dental hygiene); bioethics (along with medicine and occupational therapy); and the delegation of function (with the Rehabilitation Assistant program at the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology). In her role as the CoRS IPE College Lead, Moni hopes to continue creating and facilitating further interprofessional learning opportunities within the College and within the broader University community. Moni replaces Professor Pam Wener who recently assumed the role of Acting Department Head, Occupational Therapy, College of Rehabilitation Sciences. Sincere thanks and appreciation are extended to Pam for her many contributions to the OIPC and her ongoing dedication to interprofessional collaboration in education and practice.

Fiona Jensen, RN, MScN
Fiona is a Senior Instructor in the College of Nursing. Fiona has been a faculty member in the College for 12 years and teaches in the undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing program with a focus on gerontology, introductory nursing courses and supervision of senior students. Fiona has been involved in nursing education for several years, with a clinical background is in renal nursing and diabetes education. In her role as Interprofessional Education Coordinator and the College of Nursing representative in the Office of Interprofessional Collaboration, Fiona is involved in planning and implementing student interprofessional learning opportunities. She is enthusiastic about the IPE Day Shift, this year involving students and College mentors from: Nursing, Pharmacy, Medicine, Dental Hygiene and Rehabilitation Sciences.

Laura MacDonald, RDH, M.Ed.
Laura MacDonald is an Associate Professor with the School of Dental Hygiene/Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry. She is one of the five academics appointed to the Office of Interprofessional Collaboration. Laura has over 30 years of experience as an educator at the University of Manitoba.  Her passion is scholarship in teaching and learning. She believes in the phrase ‘all together better health’ and was a mover and shaker within the University of Manitoba to promote interprofessional collaboration through interprofessional education. Laura has developed faculty workshops, guides, and  teaching/learning tools to facilitate faculty learning to be interprofessional collaborative educators.  These have been shared/disseminated internationally. Laura’s primary responsibility has been teaching; however, she has a sure and steady commitment to being scholarly in her work as is evidenced by numerous publications in diverse and international journals.  Laura is a licensed dental hygienist. She was instrumental in establishing oral hygiene surveillance and education as part of the Diabetes Education and Resource Center for Adolescents (DERCA) at the Children’s Hospital, Winnipeg Health Science Center. Being part of the interprofessional collaboration culture at the University of Manitoba, helping to make it part of the way we teach and how students learn to be health professionals is what drives Laura’s passion and scholarship as an academic with the University of Manitoba.

Robin Oliver, B.Sc. (Pharm)
Robin joined the College of Pharmacy as an Instructor in 2017. His role focuses on the development and implementation of practical skills in pharmacy and interprofessional collaboration. Robin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Manitoba in 2008.  He brings with him strong community pharmacy experience in both urban and rural settings as well as ownership and management experience and insight.  Robin’s areas of interest include management, practical skills application, and collaborative practice.

Lisa Mendez, BMR (OT), MOT
Interprofessional Practice Coordinator

Lisa has been an Instructor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Rehabilitation Sciences since 2002. Her teaching areas include the environment’s impact on occupation, professional reasoning, social determinants of health, and theories and models of health and disability. Her practice experiences include working on interprofessional teams in a pediatric rehabilitation centre, school divisions, a community based private practice, and a northern health program. Although she has always been based in Winnipeg, her clinical work has mainly occurred in rural and remote communities within Manitoba and Nunavut. Prior to this role, Lisa spent over 14 years recruiting and supporting fieldwork placements in urban, rural and remote areas of Manitoba and across Canada for the Master of Occupational Therapy program.  She built strong connections with her preceptor community and developed and delivered face to face and on-line workshops and resources to support preceptors in mentoring and educating students in their practice environments. Lisa had a significant role in developing practice opportunities in environments where there is no established occupational therapy role or where the role can be expanded or enhanced.  She has developed and supported innovative fieldwork placements in primary care, the justice system, education system, municipal government, and not-for-profit agencies.  

Susan Coutu, Administrative Assistant
Susan joins the OIPC family and brings with her several years and multiple levels of experience.  Susan’s experiences include several years at Health Sciences Centre as both a Certified Health Care Aide and Administrative Assistant, as well as with Southern Health-Sante Sud where she worked as an Executive Assistant and a Home Care Resource Coordinator.  Susan’s knowledge of, and experience in both the healthcare and business administrative fields are an asset to the OIPC team.  Susan looks forward to building on her knowledge of Interprofessional Collaboration and is excited to grow together with the OIPC team.

OIPC Newsletters

Links to Lectures

Facilitating Online Discussions by Colleen Webb
Conflict Resolution by Carolyn Klassen


The Office of Interprofessional Collaboration
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
Phone: 204-789-3309 | Fax: 204-789-3929

290 Brodie Centre
750 Bannatyne Ave,
Winnipeg, MB  R3E 0W2


Amanda Condon

Moni Fricke

Fiona Jensen

Laura MacDonald

Robin Oliver
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Lisa Mendez

Susan Coutu