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Bridges & Pathways Institute Inc

Bridges and Pathways Institute Inc is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1999 with the aim of improving health outcomes for Australians living with complex chronic conditions.

The Institute's work is aligned with the current reforms to Australian Health Care Services (National and State).

Bridges and Pathways' work is unique in that our projects are directed towards younger people living with low priority chronic conditions. Currently we are focussing on ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndromes, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Syndromes.

We use the Chronic Care Integrated Service Frameworks (Wagner, www.improvingchroniccare.org) to include these conditions in services. This provides a tested cost efficient approach to bridge gaps between research and daily care. (Navigating self-management, www.agpn.com.au)

Our service improvement pathways work from current best practice towards evidence based care using education and empowerment, epidemiological and disease risk management applied in Australian practice settings.

Organisational Structure

We value stakeholder participation to improve services, care and management.

The Management Executive liaises with people who are supportive of our values. B & P contracts work out through a national team of consultants, specialists, lay experts, working/focus groups, project staff and dedicated volunteers.

Evidence based behavioural practice

Our action research best practice projects provide a forum to enhance care and management through collaboration between consumers and health and community services providers.

Australian ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Best Practice Research and Evaluation Project (2000+)

Fibromyalgia Management and Solutions/Best Practice Education Project

Southern Chronic Illness Links Network

Knowledge, Information and Support in Local Government Areas

Chronic Pain Consumer Network (SA)