Who We Are

What is the Joanna Briggs Institute?

The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) is a charitable, notfor-profit health research organisation that aims to deliver the best available evidence to inform health decisions. As part of its mission, the JBI also focuses on the health of those most in need globally – those
living in disadvantaged communities.
Housed within the University of Adelaide in South Australia, the JBI consists of a team of dedicated professionals including doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, scientists, and professional officers.
The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) began at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in December 1996 with the support of a small, devoted team of registered nurses committed to a world where healthcare was based on the most appropriate and up-to-date evidence that was available to all.
Today, after nearly two decades of remarkable growth, the JBI is one of the key players globally in terms of disseminating and translating such evidence into practice. The success of the JBI can be measured by a very direct impact upon the training of clinicians, and in our impact upon public health, healthcare, and lives saved. At present, the JBI has
more than 80 Collaborating Centres and over 7,000 subscribing health services internationally – all led from Adelaide, South Australia. This extraordinary international collaborative effort involves many of the worlds best universities and hospitals, and sometimes entire countries.

With memberships to the Joanna Briggs Institute world wide, listed below are a few of them:

  • Joint Health Command, Defence Force Canberra
  • Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra
  • ACT Health, Canberra
  • Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency ( Head Office), New South Wales
  • Bupa Care Services – Australia
  • New South Wales Health Department
  • Cover all of the major hospitals and universities in Victoria such as Deakin University, La Trobe Regional Hospital & University, The Alfred Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Epworth Healthcare, Eastern Health Service, Monash Medical Centre & University, Ballarat Health Services, Wimmera Health Service, Grampians Health Service (and many more).
  • Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services ñ includes all public hospitals in NT
  • Department of Health Western Australia, includes all public hospitals right across WA (Royal Perth Hospital etc)
  • Royal Australian Airforce Association Western Australia
  • St John of God, Murdoch and Subiaco (Prestige Catholic Hospital) Perth, Western Australia
  • Murdoch University, Curtin University, Western Australia
  • Queensland Department of Health, includes all public hospitals right across Queensland
  • Community and Rural Health Tasmania, all public hospitals across Tasmania
  • Central Adelaide Health Service & Country Health, SA
  • Department for Families and Social Inclusion, Adelaide, South Australia
  • Canterbury District Health Board – Christchurch
  • US NavyóBethesda – Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Washington DC.
  • Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
  • Texas Health Resources
  • American Society of Peri Anesthesia Nurses
  • New Jersey Veterans Healthcare Network ñ
  • Alabama Commission on Higher Education
  • Alaska Native Medical Center
  • New York University/ Medical Center – New York
  • New Mexico Health Care System
  • Hawaii Pacific Health
  • Ontario Nurses Association
  • Canadian Agency Drugs & Tech. in Health:CADTH
  • King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Saudi Arabia
  • Jordan Nursing Council, Jordan
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Fu Dan University, Shanghai
  • Ministry of Health – Brunei Darussalam
  • National University of Singapore
  • National Yang-Ming University – Taiwan
  • Ministry of Health – Spain
  • A consortium of all the major hospitals and universities in Finland

What does the Joanna Briggs Foundation do?

At the heart of our efforts, the Joanna Briggs Institute and the Joanna Briggs Foundation focus on empowering individuals and communities through evidence-based health care. Best
practice health care research is delivered from the JBI to health care professionals in many of
the world’s best-known hospitals, universities, and research institutions. In Australia and other
developed nations, we focus on national priority health areas such as cancer, heart disease, mental health, and health. In the developing world, we focus on topics such as maternal and child health, infectious and tropical diseases, and HIV.
From the early days of the JBI, our paramount concern has been to build an internationally
collaborative approach to medical and health research and to ensuring the integration of
research into clinical practice. By building well-organised collaborations between researchers and health care practitioners, we have enabled the best research knowledge to be transferred to practice in order to deliver better health outcomes.

Extending the Reach to Developing Nations

Over the last two decades, the JBI has undertaken considerable work in developing nations with vulnerable populations. We have done this by providing sponsored access to resources that correlate with local needs. However, the ability to provide and expand this service to those most vulnerable in developing nations is impacted by the availability of local clinicians trained in how to use these resources.
Mindful of this, the Joanna Briggs Foundation (JBF) is working to raise funds that enable health
professionals from developing nations to travel to Adelaide, South Australia, to undertake training with the JBI in their most critical areas of need.

Extending the Reach to Indigenous communities in Australia

Within Australia, the JBF also funds health improvement programs and scholarships relating
to Indigenous communities. In partnership with the South Australian Medical Research
Institute and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organization (NACCHO), the JBI leads a Centre for Indigenous Health Research funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.

Through the JBF, the best-practice work of the JBI can be made available both to developing nations and to Indigenous communities in Australia. Our Clinical Fellowships Program for developing countries has already changed health practices and is saving thousands of lives through best practice, evidence based health care.

The Institute and the Foundation have the potential to make significant, enduring, life-changing differences in many people’s lives.The Foundation is now working with philanthropic partners to capitalize on these investments, with the aim of ensuring better health outcomes.
With the ongoing support of individuals and corporates, the Joanna Briggs Foundation
can support many more medical doctors and specialists from disadvantaged communities to
implement life-saving procedures and practices.
The Joanna Briggs Foundation supports the work of the Joanna Briggs Institute in:

• developing a strong, reliable medical research knowledge bank for the developing world

• providing access to this medical research and teaching health professionals how to use it

• training key medical and health specialists develop the skills and knowledge to improve health  outcomes in their regions and to lead others in targeted areas of health improvements

• assist the Joanna Briggs Collaborating Centres within the developing countries of  Africa, Thailand, Myanmar/Burma, Vietnam and India to support the health professionals in their region to promote evidence-based practices and improve health outcomes.

The poorest countries of the world need support and guidance in making health decisions. The Joanna Briggs Foundation does this by providing the most up to date medical health  research.

Individuals and entire communities can develop the skills and knowledge to improve health outcomes in their regions.

JBI’s Centre for Indigenous Health

Disparities in health status for Indigenous peoples within developed countries such as Australia are well documented. Compared to the non-Indigenous population, Indigenous peoples have lower life expectancy, higher mortality rates and generally poorer health. Disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations remains greatest in Australia in comparison to countries such as the United States, Canada and New Zealand.

Significant problems in the areas of maternal and child health and chronic disease are well documented amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As an example, the infant mortality rate among Indigenous people is three times higher than the national average with 15 deaths per 1000 births, compared to 5 per 1000 for others. Aboriginal babies have higher rates of infection for many contagious and potentially life threatening diseases, particularly sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, eye and gastrointestinal infections.

In partnership with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), the Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), and the University of Adelaide The Joanna Briggs Institute has developed a comprehensive program that will make a real difference within these communities and influence better health outcomes and policy based on considered research and evidence. The Centre of Research Excellence in Aboriginal Chronic Disease Knowledge Translation and Exchange (CREATE) is funded by the NHMRC and hosted by the JBI. CREATE will focus on the application of translational research to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, with particular focus on the prevention, treatment and management of chronic diseases. The Centre is a collaborative enterprise between JBI.

Together with Indigenous partner organizations, the Joanna Briggs Foundation is working to raise funds that enable Indigenous health professionals to undertake training with the JBI in critical areas of need, then to transfer that knowledge to their communities.

Our Founder

Who is our founder Alan Pearson?

Alan started his career in the UK and was quite a star. He received prestigious awards and made appearances on television. He was doing ground breaking work even back then to bridge the divide between nursing research and practice. He was part of a small band of nurses who graduated from the first Master of Nursing Science Degree at Manchester University (the first university in the UK to offer such a program) and they became known as the “Manchester Mafia” (all of whom have since gone on to play significant roles in effecting change in nursing practice across the globe.

Alan moved to Australia in 1987 and was appointed as Foundation Dean and Australia’s first Professor of Nursing at Deakin University. During this period nursing education had just started to be transformed from hospital schools to the tertiary sector in Australia. As a result of this position he also consulted with Monash University in Victoria, Griffith University in Queensland and the University of Adelaide in South Australia about setting up similar programs. He was the first Professor of Nursing at the University of Adelaide in 1995 where he also established the Joanna Briggs Institute.

The Joanna Briggs Institute is now one of the top three organisations of its kind internationally and probably the most successful in terms of bringing together the best research evidence to inform clinical decision making.

His innovation and ability to link academia with practice is unsurpassed in his field and yet he is incredibly humble. He has worked in regions such as PNG as a clinician and is passionate about supporting nurses and other health professionals in developing regions. He has worked tirelessly to support the development of an evidence base for Africa and to provide education and support for health professionals working in these regions. He is also really passionate about working with nurses in Myanmar and has supported many students to complete their Masters and PhD (often out of his own pocket).