Geneva, where the conference will be held

Array of international experts to speak at regulation conference

An array of international leaders in their fields will speak at a major interdisciplinary conference on health professions regulation, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland next year. The conference is being organised by the World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA), of which WCPT is a member.

The conference, entitled “Health professional regulation – facing challenges to acting in the public interest”, will provide new perspectives and debate about the challenges facing health professional regulation. 

The speakers will include:

  • Gilles Dussault from the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Portugal, who will discuss the challenges facing health professional regulation; 
  • Rhona Flin from the University of Aberdeen in the UK, who will present lessons learned from the evolution of competence-based approaches to regulatory function; 
  • David Benton from the International Council of Nurses in Switzerland, who will contrast regulatory models to promote best practices in regulatory governance and performance.

This will be the third international conference on regulation held by the WHPA – the global body bringing together organisations representing the world’s dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and physicians. Earlier successful conferences were held in 2008 and 2010.

Physical therapist Margaret Grant, one of the organisers of the forthcoming conference and a speaker at the 2010 event, said all the conferences have included a variety of world experts talking on key issues.

“I have particularly enjoyed the approach to conference programming which has plenty of time dedicated to discussion between participants and the presenters," she said. "The 2014 conference will provide insights highly relevant to physical therapy regulation about evolving models and approaches.”

Panel discussions will include presenters from Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Jamaica, South Africa and Uganda. There will be an opportunity for conference participants to interact with panelists through moderated participant discussions.

The full programme and details of speakers are available to view on the conference website.

Registration is now open and you can book on the website's registration page.

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