Nursing link with China to benefit health

Wednesday, 15 December 2004

Adelaide and the People's Republic of China have forged a significant union in health care with the launch of a new collaborative research centre for nursing.

The Fudan University Centre for Evidence Based Nursing, established in China, is a collaborating centre of the Adelaide-based Joanna Briggs Institute, which is a joint initiative of the University of Adelaide and Royal Adelaide Hospital.

The Adelaide-China link is the first of its kind between research organisations based in the two countries.

With 20 collaborating centres across five continents, the Joanna Briggs Institute has now become a global leader in reviewing health care research that may allow patients to receive care and information based on the best available evidence.

This year the Institute has also launched collaborating centres in the United States for the first time, in New Jersey, Oklahoma and Indiana, as well as centres in Canada, England, Scotland, South Africa and Spain.

"We welcome the People's Republic of China as it joins 11 other nations in a collaboration to appraise the best available evidence so treatment and services to patients may improve," says Ms Peggy Lau Flux, Chairperson of the Institute's Committee of Management.

The new Chinese centre will work directly with the Joanna Briggs Institute, appraising evidence to implement best practice in nursing worldwide.

"Nursing, perhaps more than many professions, is renowned for its ability to establish international links to reach higher standards, and the forging of this exciting new association between Australia and the People's Republic of China is a wonderful achievement for nursing," says Ms Lau Flux.

"The People's Republic of China is rapidly advancing its health care and technology, and the forging of this new alliance with the Joanna Briggs Institute is undoubtedly a significant step in nursing for the benefit of all members of the collaboration."

The Joanna Briggs Institute, which is a not-for-profit membership-based organisation, covers the disciplines of nursing, midwifery, aged care, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, nutrition and dietetics, and medical radiation.


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