Collaboration with the World Health Organization

In 2018, AHPRA became a designated World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Health Workforce Regulation.

There are over 800 institutions in more than 80 Member States working with the WHO on areas ranging from non-communicable and communicable diseases, to mental health, health technologies and building the health workforce of the future. We work in partnership with the WHO to promote best practice in health workforce regulation and promote access to quality health care.

Latest news

The next meeting of the Western Pacific Regional Network of Health Workforce Regulators will be 26 November 2019. Find out more about the regional network.

On 31 January 2019, we held our first webinar with the Western Pacific Regional Network of Health Workforce Regulators.

Our Centre has been launched!

On Friday 5 April, AHPRA officially launched the WHO Collaborating Centre for health workforce regulation at the Australian National University.

Partnerships and learning together to improve regulation were the key messages at the official launch of our designation as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre in the Western Pacific Region.

We joined a list of over 50 institutions in Australia supporting WHO programs in areas such as nursing development, communicable diseases, mental health, chronic diseases and health technologies.

The launch, held at the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University in Canberra, was a great success and saw more than 85 people including members from National Boards, accreditation authorities, professional organisations, AHPRA staff, Australian Government and member-states of the WHO Western Pacific Region, come together to hear from a range of speakers about the important way health workforce regulation can contribute to better health outcomes.

The key lessons for successful health workforce regulation that were discussed at the launch include:

1) It is important to focus on implementation and ensure it is context specific;

2) Culture within health care is important;

3) Taking account of what consumers want and need is vital;

4) Communication and teamwork are just as important as systems; and

5) A safe health system depends on a safe health workforce.

Our work with the WHO

The WHO has identified that strengthening health workforce regulation is an important part of a global strategy to build human resources for health. Australia’s National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the health professions is recognised as a leading model for regulating the health workforce.

As a WHO collaborating centre, AHPRA:

  • assists the WHO in providing technical support to strengthen health workforce regulatory systems in member states
  • supports the WHO in promoting the adoption of contemporary regulatory approaches to health workforce regulation, and
  • strengthens the capacity, skills and knowledge of regulators in member states under the WHO’s guidance.

AHPRA provides opportunities for learning and sharing best practice with other WHO Member States, helping to strengthen regulatory processes within the Western Pacific Region.

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Contact us

World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Health Workforce Regulation

Within Australia: 1300 419 495 | Overseas callers: +61 3 9275 9009

Page reviewed 7/11/2019