Brazil starts interprofessional education program with more than 6,000 participants

On April 1, 2019, Brazil initiated the Work Education for Health Program (PET-Health), as a part of the implementation of the Interprofessional Education in Healthcare (IPE) plan. This plan was prepared by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and National Council of Health in response to a call for action set for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) in 2016.

PET-Health / Interprofessionality aims to use the IPE to promote changes in undergraduate courses in the health area, to implement the community engaged teaching with a focus on the health system and the faculty development.

The program, which is in its ninth edition and has a duration of two years, counts on 6,573 participants, being 1,102 teachers, 2,063 health professionals and 3,288 students from different careers in the health area, who receive a monthly scholarship. A total of 120 projects developed by health secretariats and universities from all regions of the country were granted to develop educational activities focused on IPE.

Most of the approved projects have already held events to mark the start of the program activities.

What is PET-Health

PET-Health is a program instituted in 2008 by the Ministries of Education and Health of Brazil that enables learning in health services, through the formation of tutorial groups, involving students, health professionals, teachers and users of health services, to promote educational processes that are closer to the reality of health work.

From previous editions of the program there is evidence that PET-Health is an important initiative for the implementation of IPE. However, it is only in this edition that the IPE theme explicitly appears throughout the normative set of the program.

It is expected that in the next two years PET-Health / Interprofessionality will guarantee the sustainability of Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice in Brazil, since the objectives of the program seek to act at all levels of the organization, ranging from health policies , curricular guidelines, pedagogical projects, faculty development, institutional support, changes in professional relations in health services and training institutions, with the expectation of training professionals better able to work collaboratively to provide a quality health care.