Western Pacific Regional Network of Health Workforce Regulators

A vital part of the work of the WHO Collaborating for Health Workforce Regulation is the establishment of the Western Pacific Regional Network of Health Workforce Regulators (‘the regional collaborative network’). The regional collaborative network will promote good practice regulation and cross-country learning on health workforce regulation. Currently, our network has members from over 20 countries in the region, seeking to share knowledge on regulation and working together to improve standards.

Latest news

Next meeting of the regional collaborative network – 28 January 2021

The first meeting of the regional collaborative network for 2021 will take place on 28 January.

The webinar is open to regulators, academics, government officials and policy makers in health workforce in the Western Pacific Region. If you are interested in joining the regional collaborative network, please email WHO_CC_HWR@ahpra.gov.au for more information.

2020 webinars

The regional collaborative network held three meetings in 2020. 

30 January 2020

At this meeting members provided an update on the work of their respective bodies and shared lessons from the Global Symposium on Health Workforce Accreditation and Regulation held in December 2019.

4 May 2020

The focus of this meeting was the COVID-19 pandemic and this provided an opportunity for members to share information about:

  • the COVID-19 outbreak in their respective countries
  • the effect on health systems
  • the responses from the health profession regulators, and
  • some proposed next steps. 

23 October 2020

This meeting once again focused on the response to COVID-19 and it was a good opportunity for members to share information about the response to the outbreak in their respective countries. Members discussed the effect on health systems and the responses from the health profession regulators.

A key part of the meeting was a presentation from Ms Karen Cusack, Health Complaints Commissioner, Victoria, on the regulation of the unregistered health workforce. 

2019 webinars 

The fourth webinar of the regional network was held on 26 November 2019 and included discussions about developments in the regulation of nurses and midwives in Cambodia and Vietnam, presented by the Japanese National Centre for Global Health and Medicine, and developments in the regulation of allied health professionals in Malaysia. 

Listen to the third webinar of the regional collaborative network – 06 August 2019

The third meeting of the regional network was held on the 06 August 2019. View the webinar using the password Who6Aug to access it.

The second webinar of the regional collaborative network was held on 15 May 2019.

Listen to the second webinar of the regional collaborative network - 15 May 2019

There are two key presentations from this webinar that are available to access – please note the following links and that the password for each video is: WHOCC1905

You will need to use the same password to open each video.

Listen to the first webinar of the regional collaborative network – 31 January 2019

The first meeting of the collaborative network occurred on 31 January 2019. View the webinar using the password WHOCCHWR013119 to access it.

Terms of reference

Read the draft Concept note and Terms of Reference for the Western Pacific Regional Network of Health Workforce Regulators:

Links and publications of interest

Here we provide links to websites and publications that may be of interest.

  • Western Pacific Region of the World Health Organization. Keep up to date with the work of the WHO in our region. 
  • CLEAR. The Council for Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) is the premier international resource for professional regulation stakeholders.
  • IAMRA. The International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA) exists to support the world’s medical regulatory authorities.
  • Report of the Policy Roundtable on Strengthening Health Workforce Regulation, Melbourne, Australia, 19-20 September 2016.
  • Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030.
  • INPTRA. The International Network of Physiotherapy Regulatory Authorities is organised and operated to support Physiotherapy regulation.
 
 
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