HSRAANZ Webinar Series – Needs must: Changing the focus of workforce planning models. Recording Now Available

29 March 2017

HSRAANZ Webinar Series – Needs must: Changing the focus of workforce planning models


Abstract: Health Care Planning has largely been based on applying anticipated population demographic change to existing levels of workforce supply (or service utilisation) with no attention given to changing patterns of health care need within populations.  In this session a new approach to health workforce planning is presented that accommodates changes in population needs, changes in the services planned to address needs and changes in the way those services are to be delivered. The approach provides an important input to policies aimed at addressing the continuing rapid increases in the costs of publicly funded health care systems and answering claims that such systems are no longer sustainable.

Bio: Stephen Birch is a Professor in The Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis at McMaster University in Canada and in the Centre for Health Economics at the University of Manchester. He also is Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia and a former visiting professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.  He is senior scientist at the WHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning at Dalhousie University, Canada and a former member of the UK Department of Health’s Centre for Workforce Intelligence.  He has served as a consultant with WHO and the World Bank as well as many national and provincial health departments on health workforce planning.  His main research interests are in the economics of health care systems with particular emphasis on equity, resource allocation and planning and well as alternative delivery models.  He has over 250 publications in peer reviewed journals and was ranked equal first in Canada in the 2012 World Bank publication on the quantity and impact of health economics research.  He was Senior Editor for Social Science and Medicine from 1997-2012 and currently serves on editorial boards of several multidisciplinary scientific journals. He has served on various public boards including the Local Health Integration Network and the District Health Council  in Hamilton Ontario, the Health Professions Regulatory Council in  Ontario and the Community Health Council in York, UK.