WCPT Secretary General Brenda Myers (front row, 4th from right) was among the physical therapists and other health professionals at the third WHPA regulation conference in 2014.

Line-up announced for major health professions regulation event

One of the world’s leading authorities on health inequalities will speak at the World Health Professions Regulation Conference, to be held in Switzerland in May. The event is hosted by the World Health Professions’ Alliance (WHPA), of which WCPT is a member.

Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the Institute of Health Equity at University College London and the new President of the World Medical Association, will speak on the impact of sustainable development goals on human health resources, in the concluding session of the two-day event – immediately before the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly in Geneva.

Sir Michael has led research groups on health inequalities for over 35 years, pioneering the field with UK government studies demonstrating the link between work grade and mortality. He chaired the Commission on Social Determinants of Health set up by the World Health Organization in 2005

Also speaking at the conference will be Margaret Grant, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Physiotherapy Council, who will contribute to the session on “Balancing regulation of individual health professionals and health services”. 

She has been involved in several projects related to professional standards and regulation for the health professions. She was a consultant developing standards for health professionals as part of a new legislative model for regulation in the Australian Capital Territory and was one of a group of experts who developed competencies and standards for sports physiotherapists in Europe.

Another physical therapy contributor is Dianne Millette, Registrar and CEO of the Physiotherapy Alberta College and Association, Canada. She will contribute to the session on the impact of shared competencies and scopes of practice on regulation and quality of care. 

Other speakers include:

  • André Gariepy, Commissioner for Complaints concerning the Recognition of Professional Competence in the province of Quebec, Canada
  • Martin Fletcher, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Kathy Chappell, Director, ANCC Accreditation Program, American Nurses Credentialing Center

The World Health Professions Regulation Conference will provide participants with insights, perspectives and discussion on current challenges in health professional regulation. It will be the fifth such event organised by WHPA.

“Our previous regulation conferences have proved very successful,” said WCPT Secretary General Brenda Myers. “Health professional regulation faces many challenges in a world of political, social, economic and technological change. These events provide participants with insights, perspectives and discussion on current challenges and opportunities.”

You can now view the full programme and the list of speakers at the World Health Professions Regulation Conference, to held in Geneva on 21st and 22nd May 2016.

Early Bird registration is available until 15th February.

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