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All Together Better Health' (ATBH)

Dr Marion Helme and Professor Hugh Barr

This case study is an account of the development of the international 'All Together Better Health' (ATBH) Conference series from the first in 1997 to future conferences in 2016 (Oxford, UK) and 2018 (Auckland, New Zealand).  Through sharing best practice, research outcomes and debate, these conferences chart many of the achievements and challenges in the global development of interprofessional education and collaborative practice. 

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The ATBH conferences are driven by the conviction that by learning together we improve working together to effect change, enhance quality of care, ensure safety and optimise deployment of human resources.  The conference content demonstrate the steady growth ofinterprofessional education in terms of evidence base and significance to health care.  ATBH also provides a forum for the growing number of national and transnational interprofessional education networks to share their work and debate common issues and has been a proving ground for the development of a global network, first InterEd and from 2012 the World Coordinating Committee.


ATBH “Improving Collaboration in Education and Practice” London UK 1997, was hosted by the Journal of Interprofessional Care (JIC) with the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE).


The seven year interim period before the next conference, “Progress in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice” in Vancouver, Canada in 2004,  was marked the setting up of national and international IPE networks in USA, Canada, Australia and mainland Europe and the start of a continuing stream of transnational visits and exchanges between IPE programmes, particularly between the UK, Northern Europe and Japan.

The Vancouver Declaration was drawn up with over 100 signatories, a commitment to set up an international association, open to ”individuals and organisation who contribute to interprofessional, client-centred, collaborative service aimed at improving the quality of care for individuals, families and communities” (Journal of Interprofessional Care, 2004 18 (3): 222-223).


The third ATBH conference in 2006 in London, UK.  'Changes and Challenges' was again hosted by JIC with CAIPE. Presentations during the conferences were noteworthy for the elucidation of theoretical perspectives on interprofessional education and practice, reports from the growing number research projects and evaluations and focus on the patient, service user and carer perspective. 


In 2007 in collaboration with InterEd the World Health Organization (WHO) Study Group on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice was established as an innovative strategy approach to teaching to help tackle the global health workforce challenge highlighted by the World Health Report 2006: Working Together for Health.


ATBH IV in 2008 was hosted by Karolinska Institutet in Stockhom and Linköping University, Sweden, on 'Development and Progress in Interprofessional Education and Practice' led by the Nordic Interprofessional Network (Nipnet).


ATBH V 2010 in Sydney, Australia, on 'Seeing Things Differently: Evidence and Innovation in Interprofessional Learning and Practice' was hosted by the Australasian Interprofessional Practice and Education Network (AIPPEN) 


ATBH VI 2012 in Kobe, Japan, on 'Exploring New Horizons: Diversity and Quality in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice' was hosted by the Japan Association for Interprofessional Education (JAIPE) and the Japan Interprofessional Practice and Education Network (JIPWEN). The first ATBH conference following publication in 2010 of the WHO Framework for Interprofessional Education and report of the Lancet Commission, keynote speakers helped delegates understand local and regional preoccupations from global perspectives.


ATBH VII 2014 in Pittsburgh, USA, on 'Contemporary focus on improving health care and population health while lowering cost' was hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, and the US National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education.


ATBH VIII will be in Oxford UK from 6-9 September 2016 on the theme of values-based interprofessional practice, building on previous work in ensuring quality and effectiveness in interprofessional education. The University of Auckland in New Zealand will be hosting ATBH IX in 2018. 

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