Established in 1996, the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) is a growing, dynamic international collaboration involving nursing, medical and allied health researchers, clinicians, academics and quality managers across 40 countries in every continent.
JBI offers resources designed to meet the needs of service providers, health professionals and consumers by connecting the best available international evidence to the point of care.
Originally a joint initiative of Royal Adelaide Hospital and the University of Adelaide, JBI is now an Institute of the University of Adelaide within the Faculty of Health Sciences.The Institute's name and trademark are internationally recognised.
Joanna Briggs was the first matron of Royal Adelaide Hospital. As the
Institute is located at the hospital and had an original focus on
nursing, it seemed fitting and appropriate to name it after an
individual who had been involved in the hospital.
The JBI logo is a pebble dropping into water. It is a metaphor for the
process of knowledge sharing and practice change and how a single act or
piece of information can be a powerful catalyst for continuous change.
The JBI Crest was designed in 2007. It incorporates the original logo
which is superimposed upon a depiction of the globe, referring to the
Institute's mission of improving global health. The globe also reminds
us of the nature of the collaboration of Joanna Briggs centres. The
motto, Aequam Servare Mentem - to keep an unruffled mind - is an
allusion to the Institute's purpose of maintaining an objective, clear
mind when making clinical decisions.
To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Institute a book was
published which overviews the establishment of the Joanna Briggs
Institute and its rapid development as an international leader in the
promotion and facilitation of evidence-based health care.
Jordan, Z., Donnelly, P and Pittman, E (2006) A short history of a big idea: The Joanna Briggs Institute 1996 - 2006, Ausmed Publications, Melbourne, Australia Available from Ausmed
Evidence Based Practice
The Institute is known for providing reliable evidence which health
professionals can use to inform their clinical decision making. The
Institute develops evidence in various formats for nursing, allied
health and medical professionals as well as support information for
The improvement of the health status of the global population through
the delivery of health care that is based on the best available
To facilitate evidence based health care practice globally through
being a leading international organisation for the Translation, Transfer
and Utilisation of evidence of the feasibility, appropriateness,
meaningfulness and effectiveness of health care practices.
To identify feasible, appropriate, meaningful and effective health
care practices and health care outcomes by facilitating international
collaboration between collaborating centres, groups and expert
researchers, clinicians and members of the institute through;