Our story so far

“Building bridges from foundations of understanding, respect and our passion as healers is critical to complete ourselves and to inspire generations to come ~ Dr Ewen McPhee.

Thank you for your interest in BridgeBuilders! In recent times, conversations about the benefits of collaboration have been occurring at various levels in health groups and organisations.

After the GPDU18 conference, a group of doctors decided that it was time to step up efforts to end the divisions and silos, and the idea for the project was born (Read more in The Medical Republic).

Healthcare is fragmented. Expectations, needs & demands are evolving at high speed which means that leaders are facing more challenges than ever before. We believe that more professional collaboration has benefits for healthcare, our patients and health professionals.

Via this website, TwitterFacebook, and the Podcast we communicate passionate messages from health professionals, leaders, policy makers and consumers around the theme of collaboration.

Starting a conversation

“A significant mentor encouraged me to broaden my engagement; to avoid being pigeon-holed. She implored me to communicate, collaborate and empower; listen rather than just hear ~ Dr Ali Soerensen.

Some of the things we want to do:

  • Continue the conversation about more collaboration & breaking down silos in healthcare
  • Find common ground and build relationships & trust between leaders
  • Encourage working across organisational boundaries.

And, just to be clear, we will not become the next political group or organisation as that would defeat the purpose of bringing existing groups together.

Want to contribute?

“BridgeBuilders is already demonstrating the impact of this mindset on a greater scale. In a current culture of factions and self-promotion, it is pushing back ~ Dr Tash Coventry.

Healthcare needs more bridges and we need your support. If you would like to contribute, please send us your thoughts on collaboration, partnerships or bridges you believe are needed.

If you need inspiration, here are some key messages others have posted. The topics are diverse: Collaboration, building relationships, trust, unity, training, shared values & goals, finding common ground, the act of listening, kindness, discomfort of compromise and upgrading workplace cultures.

Your personal message will help to shape the project as it will become part of the BridgeBuilders message. Feel free to get in touch!