Who are we?

The World Coordinating Committee All Together Better Health (WCC-ATBH) is a collaboration of regional networks focusing on interprofessional practice and education in health and social care. The committee includes representatives from regional networks across the world: Australasia (AIPPEN), Europe (CAIPE, EIPEN and NipNet), Japan (JAIPE and JIPWEN), North America (AIHC and CIHC), and Sub-Saharan Africa (AfriPEN). 
The picture above is taken at a business meeting during the ATBH 2016 conference in Oxford, and includes representatives with deputies. In the middle of the front row Marion Jones (AIPPEN) who is chairing the upcoming ATBH conference and Andre Vyt (EIPEN) who chaired the WCC from March 2016 to February 2018. In the middle is Johanna Dahlberg (NipNet, chair since March 2018) and in the back row is Ruby Grymonprez (CIHC, vice-chair). See the section on Members for more info on member networks and representatives.

What are our goals and actions?

The aim of WCC-ATBH is to promote, support and sustain networks of interprofessional education (IPE) and collaborative practice (CP), and to establish and maintain communication between them. The aim of interprofessional education (IPE) is to foster effective collaborative practice (CP), and the ultimate goal is to have better health & social care, aiming at improved quality of life for patients and service users. 
We are working collaboratively to define the values, principles, and concepts of IPE and CP and coordinate the promotion of these values, principles, and concepts. Through the member networks and the ATBH conference series we promote knowledge about interprofessional practice and education worldwide, and publicise, list, disseminate, and apply significant publications (research-based and policy-based).
We actively work with other world associations and organizations with regard to human health and education (e.g., WHO, UNESCO, worldwide professional bodies), to promote interprofessional practice and education. We promote and support the organisation of the biennial ATBH (All Together Better Health) conference series and select conference hosts through a fair and transparent process.

What can you expect from this website?

The main functions of this website are: (1) an information source, providing reports for consultation important for the global interprofessional movement, (2) a portal for regional member networks, and (3) a platform to provide information on one of our main activities: the biennial ATBH world conference. Additionnally we signal events on demand of member networks. If you would have information on existing initiatives that may be worthwhile to signal to the global community, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Are you interested in joining the WCC?

Information about the committee and criteria for membership are available in the Documents section. If you are an academic, a practitioner, a scholar, a student or a policy maker in a region where there is currently no network for collaborative practice and interprofessional education, we would like to encourage you to form a regional network and seek WCC membership.

We hope to see you at the next inspiring ATBH conference, in Auckland, New Zealand in 2018.
Please check the Events section for more information.