Health workforce migration in the Asia Pacific: implications for the achievement of sustainable development goals

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Author: Short, Stephanie D.; Marcus, Kanchan; Balasubramanian, Madhan


The maldistribution of health workers globally and within the Asia Pacific region remains problematic. While globalisation, and the increasing mobility of capital and labour, helps to reduce inequalities between countries, it increases inequality within countries. This study examines health workforce data and densities in the Asia Pacific region through a health workforce migration lens. The main implication relevant to achievement of sustainable development goals is the need for countries to work in a co-ordinated way in this region to increase substantially health financing and the...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Workforce development; Finance; Migration; Equity; Industry

Keywords: Skill shortage; Labour shortage; Skilled migration; Rural

Geographic subjects: Asia; Oceania

Published: Brisbane, Queensland: Australian College of Health Service Executives, 2016

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Journal volume: 11

Journal number: 3

Journal date: 2016

Pages: pp. 58-64

ISSN: 1833-3818

Statement of responsibility: SD Short, K Marcus and M Balasubramanian

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 130.242

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