Winterthur Interprofessional.Global Symposium 9-12 November 2021

Interprofessional.Global is a network based on consensus-based partnership. Working interprofessionally in partnership reflects the unity we see in working with, for, and between service providers and service users. Partnership is one important way to demonstrate to the world the unity of a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to health and social care.

The main purpose of Interprofessional.Global Partnership is to ensure that partners are empowered and refreshed by sharing knowledge, experience, and approaches with one another; listening to and learning from one another; and supporting and caring for one another’s personal needs, as well as for the work.

Partnership is more than coordination and planning. The heart of partnership is strong and effective relationships demonstrated in action. Developing such relationships requires time and intentional effort. Effective partners are especially sensitive towards those from cultures and backgrounds other than their own (click here to read more about our partnership principles).

Therefore, it is important for all the partners of Interprofessional.Global to meet regularly, strengthening relationship, building trust, setting priorities and plan how to collaborate to achieve better health for all through interprofessional education, practice, and research.

Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Institute of Health Sciences, supported the symposium by covering the costs for accommodation and meals for up to 3 representatives from each of the regional networks. Luckily, we found a window during the corona pandemic that allowed travels and gathering for a few days. Unfortunately, delegates from some regions were not able to travel due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Region Surname Country
Africa: AfrIPEN Helga Lister South Africa
Champion Nyoni South Africa
Stefanus Snyman South Africa
Americas: REIP Ricardo Ayala Chile
José  Rodrigues Freire Filho Brazil
Piedad Serpa Pérez Colombia
Arab-speaking countries Alla El-Awaisi Qatar
Asia Pacific: APIPECnet Roi Charles Pineda Belgium
Michael Sy Philippines
Canada: CIHC John Gilbert Canada
Marie-Andree Girard Canada
Dutch Board member Freek Bronda Netherlands
Jan-Jaap Reinders Netherlands
German: IP-Health Doreen Herinek Germany
Marion Huber Switzerland
Heidi Oberhauser Austria
Birgit Wershofen Germany
Scandinavia: Nipnet Rene Ballnus Sweden
Johanna Dahlberg Sweden
Jette Holtzmann Denmark
Anita Iversen Norway
Maria Kvarnström Sweden
United Kingdom: CAIPE Elizabeth Anderson United Kingdom
Sharon Buckley United Kingdom
Andreas Xyrichis United Kingdom
USA: AIHC Christine Arenson United States
Anthony Breitbach United States


A full report from the Winterthur Interprofessional.Global Symposium will be presented here.