Enhancing the Public Health Nutrition Workforce: What Canada can learn from the Australian Experience

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Title Enhancing the Public Health Nutrition Workforce: What Canada can learn from the Australian Experience
Author Hughes, Roger Michael
Publication Title Proceedings Dietitians of Canada National Conference
Editor Dietitians Canada
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Toronto
Publisher Dietitians Canada
Abstract Workforce development in the field of public health nutrition (PHN) is an important capacity building strategy required to effectively address local, national and globally recognized priority issues such as obesity, fruit and vegetable promotion and breastfeeding. As a strategy and focus of societal effort however, it receives little overt attention relative to its importance. Workforce development needs to look beyond the traditional focus on training and recognize that there are a range of determinants that influence the effectiveness of the workforce in achieving PHN goals. In simple terms, workforce development in PHN should include a combination of strategies that focus on workforce quantity (size and composition), quality (training and continuing professional development) and management. This presentation will draw on research conducted in Australia over the past 5 years that has highlighted the determinants of PHN workforce capacity and identified a framework for workforce development based on this analysis. It will share the lessons from Australia's experience including the challenges that this development presents to dietitians.
Peer Reviewed No
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.dietitians.ca/public/content/resource_centre/dc_conference.asp
Alternative URI http://www.dietitians.ca/index.asp
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the author 2007. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owner[s] for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the author
Conference name Dietitians Canada National Conference
Location Vancouver
Date From 2007-06-06
Date To 2007-06-09
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/19090
Date Accessioned 2007-06-26
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Nutrition and Dietetics
Publication Type Conference Publications (Extract Paper)
Publication Type Code e3

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