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The epidemiology workforce: are we planning for the future?

Rumbold, Alice R. and Bennett, Catherine N. (2009). The epidemiology workforce: are we planning for the future?. Australia and New Zealand Health Policy,6(26):1-5.

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Title The epidemiology workforce: are we planning for the future?
Author Rumbold, Alice R.
Bennett, Catherine N.
Journal Name Australia and New Zealand Health Policy
Publication Date 2009
Volume Number 6
Issue Number 26
ISSN 1743-8462   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 1
End Page 5
Total Pages 5
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed Central Ltd.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Epidemiology has a central role in public health practice, education and research, and is arguably the only discipline unique to public health. A strong perception exists among epidemiologists in Australia that there is a substantial shortage in epidemiological capacity within the health workforce and health research, and that there are few graduates with sufficient high-level epidemiological training to fill the educational and leadership roles that will be essential to building this capacity. It was this concern that led the Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA)--the peak professional body for epidemiologists in Australia and New Zealand--to convene a working group in 2007 to assess and address these concerns. This article summarises the key training challenges and opportunities discussed within this group, and the larger organisation, with the intention of stimulating greater public debate of these issues.
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