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.

Africa: AfrIPENHelga ListerSouth Africa
Champion NyoniSouth Africa
Stefanus SnymanSouth Africa
Americas: REIPRicardo AyalaChile
José  Rodrigues Freire FilhoBrazil
Piedad Serpa PérezColombia
Arab-speaking countriesAlla El-AwaisiQatar
Asia Pacific: APIPECnetRoi Charles PinedaBelgium
Michael SyPhilippines
Canada: CIHCJohn GilbertCanada
Marie-Andree GirardCanada
Dutch Board memberFreek BrondaNetherlands
Jan-Jaap ReindersNetherlands
German: IP-HealthDoreen HerinekGermany
Marion HuberSwitzerland
Heidi OberhauserAustria
Birgit WershofenGermany
Scandinavia: NipnetRene BallnusSweden
Johanna DahlbergSweden
Jette HoltzmannDenmark
Anita IversenNorway
Maria KvarnströmSweden
United Kingdom: CAIPEElizabeth AndersonUnited Kingdom
Sharon BuckleyUnited Kingdom
Andreas XyrichisUnited Kingdom
USA: AIHCChristine ArensonUnited States
Anthony BreitbachUnited States


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