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The Joanna Briggs Institute (http://joannabriggs.org/) is an international not-for-profit, research and development centre within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. Our international collaboration includes more than 70 groups and entities across the world. Of these, many groups are situated in less-resourced settings such as Myanmar, Philippines, Vietnam, India, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Botswana and Uganda.
The Joanna Briggs Institute collaborates with these groups where language, technology, geography and finance present significant challenges to the provision of healthcare. We are working with these groups to create an appropriate knowledge base to support health decisions and to make this knowledge readily available in LMIC settings.
The Joanna Briggs Foundation (http://joannabriggsfoundation.org/) has been established to raise funds that enable health professionals from LMIC settings to undertake the JBI Clinical Fellowship program. The JBI Evidence-Based Clinical Fellowship Program is a six-month work place, evidence-based, implementation program involving 2 x ten-day intensive training workshops in the Joanna Briggs Institute in Adelaide, and conducting a work place evidence implementation project in the intervening months.
Applicants must be health professionals currently working in their home country, with access to a clinical setting. They must be able to identify a topic of interest in an area in which they would like to conduct a baseline clinical audit, implement evidence based strategies, and then conduct a follow-up clinical audit aimed at assessing outcomes. Past projects have included topics such as:
- Improving management of primary postpartum hemorrhage in birthing women
- Diagnosis of tuberculosis in children under five years of age
- Improving treatment for uncomplicated malaria in children
The Joanna Briggs Institute Clinical Fellowship Program offers participants an opportunity to learn how to:
- Develop and engage in processes to further develop their leadership skills and strengths
- Discuss and describe the effectiveness of current approaches to the implementation of evidence based practice
- Critique current evidence implementation strategies
- Act as an agent of change, conduct clinical audits and develop and implement strategies to implement evidence based practice
- Preparation of a publication and submission to a peer reviewed journal.
It is hoped that by undertaking this course, participants will have the skills and knowledge to improve health outcomes in their regions and to lead others in this important area of health improvement. For videos of past fellows, visit the following link:
Applicants must possess good English skills (spoken and written), and be prepared to give presentations regarding their project to sponsors and academic staff. They will be supported by a JBI Research Fellow who will act as a facilitator over the 6 months of the program. Applicants must be a health professional or working in health and have access to a clinical setting. Applicants from all low-income or lower-middle income countries are eligible. Upper-middle income country participants are not eligible to apply. For an up-to-date list of country economies, visit: https://datahelpdesk.worldbank.org/knowledgebase/articles/906519-world-bank-country-and-lending-groups
Participants in the LMIC Clinical Fellowship Program require the following support from their organisation:
- leave for the period of training in Adelaide plus travel time
- a minimum of three (3) hours per week to conduct their project for twenty (20) weeks; and
- support in the workplace both during and at the conclusion of the program for sharing and implementing knowledge gained during the Fellowship program.
Therefore, applicants who are successful will be required to submit a letter of support stating the above and signed by the direct line manager within seven (7) days of notification of successful application.
This grant will cover travel to and from Adelaide for both the first and second weeks of the Clinical Fellowship Program, and the provision of meals and accommodation in Adelaide.
Call for Applications opened: 22 February 2017
Applications close: 30 March 2017
Successful applicants notified: April 2017
First intensive training block in Adelaide, South Australia: 29 June - 7 July 2017
Second intensive training block in Adelaide, South Australia: 7-15 December 2017
For more information on the Joanna Briggs Institute: http://joannabriggs.org/
For more information on the Joanna Briggs Foundation: http://joannabriggsfoundation.org/