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The World Health Professions Alliance speaks for more than 34 million health professionals worldwide, assembling essential knowledge and experience from the key health professions in more than 130 countries.

Positive Practice Environments toolkit

Positive practice environments for healthcare professionals poster
Post date
November 2008


Today's global health workforce crisis is deadly serious. 

Too many countries have desperate shortages of health care professionals, impacting negatively on patient outcomes and health worker well being. The reasons are complex - but outstanding is the poor quality of most healthcare work environments that are undermining performance and driving health professionals away.

There is another option. Positive practice environments are health care settings that support excellence and decent work. They have the power to attract and retain staff, improve, quality of care, safety, patient satisfaction, and deliver cost-effective services.

We urge all health sector actors – health care professionals, managers, patients, policy makers, and community leaders – to join in commitment and action to create quality workplaces for quality care. Individuals can make a difference locally and together create positive change for regional and international policy and practices.


Key principles of Positive Practice Environments are:

  1. Professional recognition
  2. Management Practices
  3. Support Structures
  4. Occupational Health and Safety
  5. Education

The campaign was created by the five WHPA members together with the International Federation of Hospital Managers IHF and with the support of the Global Health Workforce Alliance GHWA.


If you require these documents in French or Spanish, please contact the WHPA Secretariat.