I am really excited to announce that I am now an accredited reviewer with the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI). The JBI is an international, not-for-profit research and development centre within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide. It was fantastic on so many levels to complete this training in December 2015. I am accredited to conduct Comprehensive Systematic Reviews of both quantitative and qualitative literature, and I am working on my first protocol.
This course was intensive and extremely worthwhile; JBI has developed a set of tools to make their technique of review both rigorous and organised, and much simpler than I imagined. That is not to say that writing these reviews will not be challenging; I expect to be slogging through a large amount of published literature later this year when I become immersed in my review topic.
In fact I felt that the JBI really is a jewel in the crown of South Australian universities. The content was broad and practical; the resources were generous and valuable; the instructors were motivated and professional; the facilities were lovely. And the food was good too. I met some wonderful people, some seasoned academics in their fields, and others just starting out in their PhD. Hopefully they will all be developing their own protocols to submit to the JBI repository of evidence based reviews.