Dr. Gilles Dussault

Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
University of New Lisbon, Portugal

Gilles Dussault is Professor at the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (IHMT), Lisbon, Portugal and Coordinator of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Health Workforce Policy and Planning. Before joining IHMT in August 2006, he worked as Senior Health Specialist at the World Bank Institute (Washington D.C.). He was responsible for the Health Sector Reform and Sustainable Financing” Program in French, Portuguese and Spanish-speaking countries. Between 1985 and 2000, he was Professor and Director (1990-91, 1998-2000) of the Department of Health Administration, University of Montreal. Between 1974 and 1985, he was Professor in the Department of Industrial Relations at University Laval, in Que bec. His research interests include the production of health services, and health workforce policies. Since 1986, he has been much involved in international cooperation projects in Africa, Europe, Latin America and Asia. Between 2002 and 2004, he was a member of the Joint Learning Initiative on Human Resources for Health, a landscaping and advocacy major international initiative launched by the Rockefeller Foundation, which published the influential Report Human Resources in Health: Overcoming the Crisis, 2004, (Harvard University Press, He has been member of the World Health Organization Global Advisory Group on Nursing and Midwifery, and has also participated in various working and advisory groups in a number of other international organizations.

In Canada, he chaired international evaluation committees of major research organizations in (Canadian Heath Services Research Foundation, Occupational Health and Safety Research Institute- Quebec). He is member of editorial committees of peer-reviewed journals. He is the author or co-author of 12 books and monographs, more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed and professional journals. More recently, he co-authored A universal truth: no health without a workforce, launched at the 3rd Global Forum on Human Resources for Health, in Recife (Brazil) by the Global Health Workforce Alliance and the World Health Organization.

CHHRN is very pleased to have Dr. Dussault as a member of the CHHRN International Advisory Committee which benefits greatly from his knowledge, expertise and advice.

Health workforce development challenge is far from having been met. Many countries, such as Australia, Canada, the UK or the Nordic countries are showing the way, most other countries are not on track. Researchers must continue to study and analyze good practices and above all learn to communicate convincingly with policy and decision-makers.” Gilles Dussault

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