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Learning interprofessional health communications skills in Ontario

July 2, 2014

An innovative communications course is enabling health care providers who are new to Canada to build the language skills they need to perform well in inter-professional teams.

Workplace Communication Skills for Interprofessional Health Care Teams is a free course for internationally educated nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social workers that teaches the work-related language skills for effectively interacting with team members. From 2012-15, the course is delivered by three colleges in Ontario: George Brown, Centennial, and Conestoga. Developed by Colleges Ontario with assistance from colleges and bridging programs at the universities of Toronto, Ryerson and McMaster, this 140-hour course features a blended learning format consisting of 100 hours of in-class instruction and 40 hours of online learning. Funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and led by Colleges Ontario, the course is part of Occupation-specific Language Training (OSLT), a series of workplace communication training options for permanent residents or protected persons in the province.

Reference: Canadian Newcomer Magazine

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