G-I-N spotlight July 2010
I have the good fortune to live in a small mountainous country and I love spending weekends up and down trails and cliffs. My mind rests when I am surrounded by nature
At the same time, I love my job. Maybe that was the reason that prompted me to introduce myself to the GIN Board. I am convinced that it is a necessary organization, open to all countries and people who share the idea of improving the relationship between health organizations and people, which contributes to the sharing of health decisions based on scientific evidence and empathy with people, leaving aside authority values and beliefs.
By participating in the first meetings of the Board of GIN, I saw a high level of rigour, and efficiency, a strong interest in welcoming new groups and individuals and a great ability to make us feel at home. And above all, the honesty, the sense of being useful, and the love of independence and transparency in this world full of other interests.
My congratulations and thanks to the team.
Born in England, I went to school in Norway, Italy, France and Belgium before returning to England to go to university. I met my Australian husband in Oxford where we completed our doctorates. We now live in Melbourne with our three beautiful children.
I am excited to be working as a Board member for G-I-N because it combines my interest in using evidence to improve health outcomes and working internationally with people from other cultures and language backgrounds. It was such a pleasure to meet all the new Board members in Paris recently and to renew links and friendships with “older” ones. Dr Mlika-Cabanne, our host, treated us to a sumptuous dinner with her multi-talented family; and Dr Twaddle, our Chair, kept the whips cracking as we worked our way through an impressive collection of agenda papers and business priorities. One of our proudest achievements is the soon to be released Strategic Plan for 2010-2013. I encourage all members to read this important blueprint for the G-I-N community.
Philip van der Wees
Although I am from the Netherlands, I am fascinated by mountains. I like to climb them either gradually on bicycle or vertically using a rope. Being a new board member of G-I-N feels like climbing several mountains simultaneously. But I feel very well supported by my team members, and I am sure that we will reach the summit together! One of the G-I-N mountains to climb is to get the Allied Health Community going. I am very happy that we have started our activities with a fantastic group of people in the steering committee. I hope we will soon be able to present our first results, because the essence of guidelines is the actual collaboration between a wide range of health care professionals and patients.
Hi, I am Martina and have been working as G-I-N’s secretary since 2004. In my free time I enjoy travelling, sports, being outside and entertaining my dog and two bunnies. I haven’t been to Chicago or a G-I-N conference, so I am looking forward to visiting the city and meeting all of you at the conference.
This is me, Inga - usually “webmistress” of www.g-i-n.net - but as often as possible I am also on the see trying to sail “with the wind”. I am a born-and-bred Rhinelander and decided to leave sweet little Bonn in 2005 to move to the capital of Germany - Berlin. I love travelling and being outdoors close to nature. Since I am working in G-I-N, I am looking forward to meeting and discussing with people at the conference in Chicago.
I am Melanie and I am responsible for the guideline updates in the “Guidelines International Library” of www.g-i-n.net. I am also a part-time librarian and enjoy my excursions to the world of medical guidelines. In my spare time I love travelling – especially to Asia -, cooking, and I run a reader circle. Originally from northwest Germany, I moved to Berlin in 1999 to study library science and have not wanted to leave ever since.