Governance and Regulation





This theme will focus on the role of governance and regulation in supporting health workforce innovations while    mitigating public risk.  Legal and regulatory frameworks underpin health workforce advances such as optimizing scopes of practice to ensure appropriate skill mix, supporting virtual practice and team-based care models, and facilitating inter-jurisdictional mobility.  By examining Canadian and international models and recent reforms, the work in this theme will help to better understand how governance and regulation helps or hinders health workforce innovations.    

Theme Lead:

KateKathleen (Kate) Leslie is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Disciplines at Athabasca University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Health Studies at Western University.  Kate is a registered nurse and lawyer whose research interests include professional regulation.  Her current research projects focus on mandatory reporting obligations of health professionals, international comparisons of regulated scopes of practice, and qualitative case studies examining health professional regulatory reform. 


Health Workforce Research in Progress:

Regulating Professions in a New Global Era

Health professional regulation in historical context: Canada, the USA and the UK (19th century to present)


Regulating health professional scopes of practice: comparing institutional arrangements and approaches in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK