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International Health Workforce Collaborative - 2023

The Canadian Health Workforce Network is pleased to be hosting the 2023 International Health Workforce Collaborative (IHWC) on December 7th and 8th. As a hybrid conference, attendees are welcome to join us in Canada’s capital, at the University of Ottawa, or attend virtually.

This conference brings together policy makers, academics, researchers and practitioners from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom with responsibility for and interests in health workforce issues. This year’s theme is Innovative Approaches to Common Challenges.

Attendance is free - Click here to register

Registration deadlines: In person (Nov 27th) | Online (Dec 6th)

Simultaneous interpretation in French available.

Date: December 7th & 8th,2023

Location: Online and In Person (4007, 120 University Private, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Social Science, Ottawa Ontario Canada K1N 6N5)

Schedule at a Glance

Dec 7th – Data ‘Olympics’ Day

8:00-9:30      (EST) 

—  Dispatches from participating countries

9:45-11:15    (EST)

—  Panel 1: Better interprofessional and EDIA data collection

11:30-13:00  (EST)

—  Panel 2: Data Dashboards - put online in visualizations

13:00-13:45  (EST)

—  Lunch Break

13:45-15:15  (EST)

—  Panel 3: Evidence for planning/forecasting with models/scenarios

15:30-16:30  (EST)

—  “Lightning Round” Two Minute Pitches from Virtual Posters (details below)                                         

*Optional Dinner for In Person Attendees

Dec 8th – Policy Day

8:00-9:30      (EST) 

—  Panel 1: Highlights from WHO health practitioner regulation review

9:45-11:15    (EST)

—  Panel 2: EDI & Anti-Racism Initiatives in the Health Workforce

11:30-13:00  (EST)

—  Panel 3: Ethical recruitment & integration of health workers                                                            

13:00-13:45  (EST)

—  Lunch Break

13:45-15:15  (EST)

—  Panel 4: Key Considerations for primary care teams

For more details, see our full conference program here. 

Virtual Poster Presentations

Virtual poster presentations on health workforce topics will be accepted for inclusion in the program until 11:59 EST on December 1st.

Posters can be in English or French and of various sizes and submitted online in either .pdf format or ppt format if you choose to embed a 2 min audio pitch. 

We strongly encourage an infographic style of approach with links for more details. We also strongly encourage that your title reflects your main message in sentence form and to include two to four key ‘take home messages’. 

Posters can be submitted online here or if small enough can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Selected posters will be included in the live ‘Lightning Round’ session on December 7th from 15:30 to 16:30 that could be presented live (with a 2 min limit) or through the submitted 2 min pitch.

We intend to make the posters available after the IHWC conference through the CHWN resources page unless you specify that you would not like your poster included.

Thank you.