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Patient Partner Program

The Patient Partner program (P3) forms part of the curriculum at Medicine, University of Tasmania. It brings a patient-centred approach to medical education.

We are seeking volunteer community patients with chronic illness to partner with the students and be part of this program.

The Patient Partner Program (P3) team from the Launceston Clinical School won a highly prestigious national teaching excellence award from the Office for Learning and Teaching for Programs that Enhance Learning, particularly for Innovation in Curricula, Learning and Teaching. The awards were officially presented on 19 November 2012 in Canberra by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans.

About the program

P3 began at the Launceston Clinical School in 2005 and commenced at the Hobart Clinical School in 2011. The program aims to engage community patients with undergraduate medical students in learning partnerships.

This program works by enhancing existing hospital-based learning through engagement with individuals, such as yourself. We believe that every person living with an illness has valuable experiences and special knowledge of their condition to share. Combined, this knowledge and experience provides significant learning benefits for the young doctors in training.

What do Patient Partners say about P3?

Quotes from Launceston Clinical School Patient Partners

"It made me feel more confident in talking about my condition."

"I probably got as much out of it as the students did."

"It's definitely a mutual exchange of thoughts."

"… it's made me less ashamed of my mental problems … confirmation that I'm not perceived as a nut case."

"… to have cancer and be able to tell from your story of what you went through can only benefit them [student doctors] in understanding."


Michelle Horder (Launceston)

Patient Partner Program Coordinator

Mobile: 0437 487 461
Fax: +61 3 6324 3232

Launceston Clinical School
University of Tasmania
Level 2, Northern Integrated Care Services
Launceston, Tasmania

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Julie Sansom (Hobart)

Patient Partner Program Coordinator

Phone: +61 3 6226 2752
Fax: +61 3 6226 4299

School of Medicine
University of Tasmania
Level 2, Medical Science 2
17 Liverpool Street
Hobart, Tasmania

(Co-located with Menzies Institute for Medical Research)

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