Peace through Health: An Interprofessional Student Learning

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Peace through Health is an emerging academic discipline that examines how health interventions in actual and potential conflict zones may contribute to peace. Inherent in the concept of Peace through Health is understanding how the determinants of health impact the delivery of health care services, and how health care workers can be agents of peace-building. This presentation will describe an interprofessional initiative in Peace through Health, which brought together students from medicine, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and midwifery for a six-session elective course. The purpose of the elective was to examine how peace and health co-depend, and to provide an interprofessional forum that encourages students to think outside of the individual goals, role definitions and mandates of each health care profession. The presentation will emphasize how the elective attempted to unify the various disciplines while simultaneously allowing students to contribute their unique knowledge and skill-sets in order to meet a common goal. This initiative provides a platform on which future interprofessional research endeavours in health care can be launched.


Keywords: Determinants of Health, Interprofessional Relations, Interdisciplinary Education, Peace, Violent Conflict
Stream: Natural, Environmental and Health Sciences
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Heather Lorraine Hammond

Graduate Student, Department of Occupational Therapy
School of Rehabilitation Sciences, McMaster University

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Heather Lorraine Hammond graduated in 2004 from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada with an honours degree in Health Sciences. She is currently completing her Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, which is to be completed in the summer of 2008. She intends to work in geriatrics and rehabilitation as an Occupational Therapist in both Canada and Italy upon completion of her graduate degree. She has participated in numerous interprofessional initiatives, including a biomedical ethics course, several workshops in international health, and in her occupational therapy practice as a member of an interdisciplinary health care team. She has a keen interest in global health issues and foreign films.

Saroj Singh

Student, Department of Occupational Therapy
School of Rehabilitation Sciences, McMaster University

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


Kelly Ash

Student, Department of Occupational Therapy
School of Rehabilitation Sciences, McMaster University

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


Esther Chin

Student, Department of Medicine, McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


Mr Adrian Edgar

Student, Department of Medicine, McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


Natalie Bocking

Student, Department of Medicine, McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


Jackie Bosch

Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
School of Rehabilitation Sciences, McMaster University

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


Bonny Jung

Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
School of Rehabilitation Sciences, McMaster University

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


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