With increasing recognition of the international market in health professionals and the impact of globalism on regulation, the governance of the health workforce is moving towards greater public engagement and increased transparency. This book discusses the challenges posed by these processes such as improved access to health services and how structures can be reformed so that good practice is upheld and quality of service and patient safety are ensured. With contributions from regulators, academics, lawyers and health professionals, this book presents arguments from multiple perspectives. Of global relevance, it brings together concerns about access, quality and safety within the framework of the health workforce governance continuum and will be of interest to policy makers, regulators, health professionals, academics legal practitioners, insurers, students and researchers.
Stephanie D. Short is the Professor of Health Sciences at The University of Sydney. She leads the health governance program within the Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law, a joint initiative of the United Nations University, Griffith University and the QUT Faculty of Law in association with the Australian National University and convenes HealthGov, a division of the Australian Research Council Governance Research Network. Prof. Short is Executive Director of the Governing Council of the International Consortium for Governance Research on the Health Workforce. Fiona McDonald is a Senior Lecturer in Queensland University of Technology's Law Faculty. Her research focuses on health system governance and has four broad themes: professionals; institutions; research; and patient safety.
'This book provides an illuminating account of the key issues facing healthcare workforce governance in the 21st century. It makes an important call for a more evidence based approach, and is itself a major contribution to the evidence base from many different perspectives and disciplines.' Anna van der Gaag, President, Health Professions Council 'Never before have I come across a volume of collected works which addresses health workforce governance issues from ethical international recruitment to the challenges of the "regulatory trinity" in such a comprehensive and engaging manner. It is a must read for health workforce policy and planning decision-makers and knowledge users.' Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, University of Ottawa, Canada