The Joanna Briggs Institute is based on a collaboration of international supporting centres. Each collaborating centre undertakes their own programs and plays a key role in the promotion of evidence based practice in their own areas through education and training; the conduct of systematic reviews; the development of best practice information sheets; the implementation of evidence based practice; and the conduct of evaluation cycles and primary research arising out of systematic reviews. There are currently more than 20 collaborating centres worldwide covering the disciplines of nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, nutrition and dietetics, podiatry, occupational therapy, aged care and medical radiation.
In April 2007 the UQ/Blue Care RPDC was approved as the Australian Centre for Evidence Based Community Care (ACEBCC), a collaborating centre of the Joanna Briggs Institute. The Australian Centre for Community Care (ACEBCC) is a collaborative effort between Blue Care and the University of Queensland School of Nursing and Midwifery. The Centre is housed within the Head Office of Blue Care in Toowong, Queensland as part of the University of Queensland Blue Care Research and Practice Development Centre (UQ/BC RPDC).
The UQ/BC RPDC has a core team of researchers experienced in evidenced based research and practice. This group utilise and oversee the systematic review process, identify and implement best practice guidelines, run workshops to disseminate best practice information to our clientele, and coordinate and perform clinical trials. The centre will continue to recruit an ongoing body of Research Higher Degree students from which clinical trials and studies, and systematic reviews are initiated.
Professor Desley Hegney was the Inaugural Director of the Centre from April 2007 – March 2009.
Associate Professor Deborah Parker is the current Director.