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Optimizing gender equity in health workforce policy and planning

Gender equity logo by Mutxamel from Wikimedia CommonsWe are delighted to announce that a new thematic series on 'Research to support evidence-informed decisions on optimizing gender equity in health workforce policy and planning' is now open for submissions.  We are calling for submissions focusing on research concerning the monitoring, evaluation and accountability of human resources for health policy options through a gender equity lens.

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Ghana’s eHealth workforce

 OgComputer and stethoscope attribution - jfcherry (Flickr)oe and colleagues developed a framework that provides a better understanding of potential eHealth staffing needs in LMICs, using Ghana as a case study. Read more...

Job preferences of undergraduate nursing students

China flag from wikimedia commonsThe study used economic techniques to confirm that a range of  economic and non-economic factors affected the job choices of student nurses. It highlighted for policy makers how to improve employment policies and strategies to attract more students to take jobs in rural areas. Read more..

Aims and scope

Human Resources for Health welcomes manuscripts on all aspects of the planning, education, management and governance of human resources for health – particularly those of international relevance and global reach.


James Buchan, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

European Public Health Week – May 13-17, 2019

European Public Health Week – May 13-17, 2019 © The European Public Health AssociationWe are excited to participate in the first ever European Public Health Week, led by the European Public Health Association whose annual meeting is attended each year by BMC.

Help us celebrate healthy populations by exploring our highly influential research and topical blogs relevant to the public health themes of each day, specially selected by our Editors.

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James Buchan, Editor-in-Chief

Prof. Buchan has specialized in health workforce policy and analysis throughout his career. His background includes periods as a senior Human Resources manager in the National Health Service in Scotland; senior policy analyst at the Royal College of Nursing, (RCN), UK; and as a specialist adviser to Health Workforce Australia, a federal government agency. More recently he has completed a contract as Senior Adviser- Human Resources for Health, WHO European Region.

He continues to work extensively as a policy researcher and consultant on HRH issues in Europe, Asia and the Pacific. Prof. Buchan has academic appointments in Europe and as Adjunct Professor at University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He is also a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Health Foundation, UK.

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