Creating a Sustainable and People-Centred Health Workforce: Connecting Global and Local Perspectives

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC15 Sociology of Health (host committee)
RC52 Sociology of Professional Groups

Language: English

The importance of a sustainable and people-centred health workforce is now well recognised. International organisations and many countries have taken action to improve health workforce governance. However, it remains unclear how health workforce policies can be translated into practice, which policy levers exist to enhance effective policy implementation, and what role professional associations play. There is also very little knowledge about the importance of health systems and governance for creating a people-centred health workforce and the possibilities for translating health workforce models from one country to another. The proposed workshop aims to connect health workforce research from different countries and regions, to contribute new knowledge on how to respond to major health workforce challenges, and to foster comparative research and policy learning. Major themes include: a review of the composition and changing skill mixes of the health workforce, the development of integrated education models, improved coordination of data sources, and the governance of mobile health workers to improve equity between and within countries and reduce ‘brain drain’ effects. We invite contributions that address these topics from different perspectives. We are especially interested in comparative research, but also welcome in-depth single country or regional research.
Session Organizers:
Ellen KUHLMANN, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany and Viola BURAU, Aarhus University, Denmark
Oral Presentations
Human Resources for Health Policies and Power Dynamics: Perspectives of Policy Makers, Professional Associations and of Researchers in Portugal and Brazil
Isabel CRAVEIRO, Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UNL, Portugal; Virginia HORTALE, ENSP - FioCruz, Brazil; Gilles DUSSAULT, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Portugal
Feminization of the Primary Care Medical Workforce: A Systematic Review and Case Study of Implications for Pay-for-Performance for Chronic Disease Management in Context of Universal Health Coverage
René LAVALLÉE, Government of New Brunswick, Canada; Neeru GUPTA, University of New Brunswick, Canada; Holly AYLES, University of New Brunswick, Canada