The section Health Workforce Research (HWR) aims to serve as a network of all researchers who are interested in health workforce issues. It seeks to advance capacity building, knowledge exchange and networking to build health workforce as an independent, interdisciplinary and multi-professional field. This includes better research funding, new academic education programmes, comparative methodology and knowledge transfer and leadership that can help countries to build a people-centred and sustainable future health workforce.
The HWR section connects research, policy and practice as well as the different strands and disciplinary approaches of health workforce research, and the various groups and major institutional players in the field. The section also places health workforce research in the wider context of healthcare policy and services transformations, thus enhancing connections with the Health Services Research (HSR) section and other EUPHA activities. With a focus on Europe the section also takes a broader perspective on global developments in health workforce research and welcomes international comparison, knowledge exchange and networking. The section organises preconferences and workshops in connection with the annual EUPHA Conference, seeks to contribute to the activities and consultations of the European Commission and the WHO Regional Office for Europe, and enhance collaboration with the OECD, the European Observatory for Health Systems and Policy, the European Health Management Association (EHMA) and other relevant groups in the field.