Health workforce

International Symposium on Health Workforce

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 14-16 October 2009

An international symposium focusing on the theme, The performance of a national health workforce: How to assess it? How to strengthen it?, was held in October 2009 in Neuchatel, Switzerland. The meeting provided decision-makers and researchers interested in human resources of the health system an occasion to exchange their views and assess the state-of-the-art in the matter. The event brought together over 50 participants from some 20 countries.

The symposium was hosted by the Swiss Health Observatory, under the aegis of the World Health Organization and in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, the Center for Health Workforce Studies/State University of New York and the Centre de Sociologie et de Démographie Médicales. The 2009 International Symposium of Neuchâtel was a follow-up to the international and interdisciplinary meetings on health workforce issues organized in April 2005 (Barcelona, Spain) and October 2007 (Lisbon, Portugal).