World Health Professions
Regulation Conference 2014

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Geneva, Switzerland


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Geneva, Switzerland

Speakers and Session Chairs

David Benton (Switzerland)

Hazel Bradley (South Africa)

Jonh Chave (Belgium)

Niall Dickson (United Kingdom)

Gilles Dussault (Portugal)

Rhona Flin (United Kingdom)

Katrín Fjeldsted (Belgium)

André Gariépy (Canada)

Mukesh Haikerwal (Australia)

Orlando Monteiro da Silva (Portugal)

Margaret Mungherera (Uganda)

Ayala Parag (Israel)

Annabel Seebohm (Belgium)

Marlene Smadu (Canada)

Una Reid (Jamaica)

Chris Robertson (Australia)



David Benton took up post as Chief Executive Officer of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) on the 1st of October 2008.  Immediately prior to this he worked with ICN for three years where he held the role of consultant nursing and health policy and specialised in regulation, licensing and education.

David qualified as a general and mental health nurse at the then Highland College of Nursing and Midwifery in Inverness, Scotland.  His MPhil research degree focused on the application of computer assisted learning to post-basic nurse education and has over the past thirty years had articles published in relation to research, practice, education, leadership, and policy topics. David has a PhD Summa Cum Laude from the University of Complutense researching an international comparative analysis of the regulation of nursing practice.

David has held senior roles for twenty-five years across a range of organisation.  These roles have included working as Executive Director of Nursing at a health Authority in London; as a senior civil servant in Northern and Yorkshire Region; as Chief Executive of a Nurse Regulatory body in Scotland and as Nurse Director of a University Trust Health System.

David is the recipient of several awards and honours.  He is particularly proud of being awarded the inaugural Nursing Standard Leadership award in 1993.  He was presented with Fellowship of the Florence Nightingale Foundation in 2001 and awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing in 2003 for his contribution to health and nursing policy.

David has held several visiting appointments and is currently a visiting professor of nursing policy at the University of Dundee in Scotland.


Hazel Bradley is a registered pharmacist working at the School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa.

At the School of Public Health Hazel teaches Master in Public Health students from South Africa and Sub-Saharan African countries through a blended modular programme and is currently co-ordinator of the Academic Programme.

Hazel has a broad interest in pharmaceutical human resource development in sub-Saharan Africa. She was previously involved in research in community-based primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases in a deprived population in Cape Town. Prior to joining the School in 2003, Hazel worked with a non-governmental organisation providing primary health care services through community health workers in Cape Town and was involved in supporting primary-level drug supply management in the city. Hazel moved to Cape Town from the UK in 1994 with experience from the UK and India in hospital and community pharmacy.

Hazel has a particular interest in primary level pharmaceutical services and her current research includes exploring roles and competencies of district pharmacists in Cape Town using action research methodology.


John Chave has been Secretary General of the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU) since June 2006. The PGEU is the European Association representing community pharmacists in 34 European countries.

A lawyer by training, John worked in the health field in Brussels for seven years before joining PGEU.  He is a British national, and was educated at the Universities of Sheffield, Trent and Exeter.

John has spoken and written extensively about issues of pharmacy regulation in Europe.

Niall Dickson


Niall Dickson joined the General Medical Council as Chief Executive and Registrar in January 2010.

He is responsible for the day to day running of the GMC and reports directly to the Chair of Council, Professor Sir Peter Rubin. Niall joined the GMC from The King's Fund, the leading independent think tank and development organisation, where he was Chief Executive for six years (2004-2009).

He began his career in teaching before taking up posts in national voluntary organisations involved with older people. He was Editor of Therapy Weekly for the allied health professions and then of Nursing Times

He moved to the BBC in 1988 as Health Correspondent, became Chief Social Affairs Correspondent and then, in 1995, Social Affairs Editor, focussing mainly on Radio 4's Today programme and the Ten O'clock News on BBC 1.

Niall is a member of the Department of Health's National Quality Board.

He is the Chairman of the Leeds Castle Foundation. His honorary awards include being a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and as Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners.


Gilles Dussault is Professor at the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (IHMT), Lisbon, Portugal.

Before joining IHMT in August 2006, Gilles worked as Senior Health Specialist at the World Bank Institute (Washington D.C.) where he was responsible for regional activities of the “Health Sector Reform and Sustainable Financing” Program in French, Portuguese and Spanish-speaking countries. Between 1985 and 2000, Gilles was Professor and Director of the Department of Health Administration, University of Montreal.

Gilles has collaborated with the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies in a series of Policy Dialogues on the health workforce challenges in the European Union. He has also participated in various working groups and committees of various international organizations. Gilles is currently a member of advisory groups of professional associations and of the Health Workforce working group of the European Health Management Association.

Gilles is the author or co-author of 12 books and monographs, more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed and professional journals. He is member of editorial committees of peer-reviewed journals and has published principally on topics related to the regulation and management of the health workforce.

Rhona Flin


Professor Rhona Flin (PhD, FBPsS, FRSE) holds the Chair of Applied Psychology and is Director of the Industrial Psychology Research Centre at the University of Aberdeen.  She leads a team of psychologists conducting research on human performance in high risk industries and healthcare. Her group’s projects include studies of leadership, safety culture, team skills and decision making in acute medicine, aviation and energy industries ( From 2007-2012, she led the Scottish Patient Safety Research Network, a multi-centre project funded by the Scottish Funding Council. She holds the Roger Green Medal for Human Factors in Aerospace (Royal Aeronautical Society) and the John Bruce Medal for Behavioural Science in Surgery (Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh). She is currently studying non-technical skills in drilling rig crews, intra-operative decision making by surgeons and senior managers’ safety leadership. Her books include Safety at the Sharp End: A Guide to Non-Technical Skills (with O’Connor & Crichton, Ashgate, 2008) and Safer Surgery: Analysing Behaviour in the Operating Theatre (with Mitchell, Ashgate, 2009).


Dr Katrín Fjeldsted was born 1946 in Reykjavík, Iceland. She completed her general practice training in 1979 (United Kingdom) after receiving her Medical Degree from the University of Iceland in 1973.

She has been a family physician at Efstaleiti Health Centre since 1980. She was the assistant Reykjavík City Medical Officer 1979­-1980.

Her political, social and civic activities are as follows: Member of Reykjavík City Council 1982-1994, member of the City Executive Council 1986-1994, Chairman of the Icelandic College of Family Physicians 1995-1999, Member of Board of the Icelandic Medical Association 1997-1999, Head of the Icelandic delegation to CPME since 2000, elected internal auditor for the CPME in April 2001, re­elected 2003, elected CPME Vice President for 2006-2007, re­elected for 2008-2009 and elected treasurer 2010-2012. Member of Althingi for the Reykjavík constituency 1999-2003, Deputy parliamentarian 1995-1999 and 2003-2007, Member of the Standing Committee on Judicial and Ecclesiastical Affairs 1999-2003, Member of the Standing Committee on Health and Social Security 1999-2003, Member of the Standing Committee on the Environment 1999-2003, Substitute member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs 1999-2003. Vice-Chairman of the Icelandic Delegation to the Western European Union Assembly 1999- 2003, Substitute member of the Icelandic EFTA-delegation since 1999-2003, Member of the Icelandic parliamentary delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in 1999 and 2000, Member of the Icelandic delegation to the U.N. conference on sustainable development in Johannesburg S-Africa in 2002.


André Gariépy is the Commissioner for Recognition of Professional Competence at the Government of Québec, in Canada. He holds degrees in Economics and Law from Université de Montréal. He is a member of the Québec Bar and accredited as a Chartered Administrator (C.Adm.).
André has more than 20 years of experience in professional regulation and mobility, in advisory and leadership roles, part of which he gained in an international context. He has dealt with policy, legal and management issues.

From 2007 until his appointment as Commissioner in 2010, André has been working in the field of international cooperation as a consultant and project manager in relation with legal reform, public governance, international trade, and professional regulation and mobility. He has provided services to international organizations on different continents.

As Commissioner, André examines individual complaints from foreign-trained professionals about their registration with the regulatory bodies. He also has an oversight role with regards to qualification recognition processes established by regulatory bodies as well as their compliance with regulation implementing agreements or provisions of trade agreements on mutual recognition of qualifications.
André has been invited to speak on professional regulation and mobility at several international events. He has also been asked to serve on committees and task forces on these topics.


Mukesh Haikerwal is a General Medical Practitioner in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

He is the Chair of Council of the World Medical Association and was elected in May 2011. Advocating for the need for health and health care as a wise investment for Nations, preservation of professional autonomy and maintaining high standards of ethics and professionalism are core to this role.

He is a Professor in the School of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Flinders University, South Australia. He is Chair of the beyondblue National Doctors’ Mental Health Program and a Co-Chair of the Australian Asian Medical Federation. He sits on the Advisory Board of Brain Injury Australia.

He was the 19th Federal President of the Australian Medical Association and prior to that AMA Victorian State President. This saw him responsible for national policy development, lobbying with parliamentarians, co-ordinating activity across the AMA State entities and representing the AMA and its members nationally and internationally.

He was awarded the Order of Australia in 2011 for distinguished service to medical administration, to the promotion of public health through leadership roles with professional organisations, particularly the Australian Medical Association, to the reform of the Australian health system through the optimisation of information technology, and as a general practitioner.


Dr. Orlando Monteiro da Silva graduated from Dental Medicine in the University of Porto, in 1987 and has practised dentistry in his own private practice since then.

He took office as President of the Portuguese Dental Association in 2001 and has, until today, been leading several battles in order to achieve better conditions for dentistry and oral health.

He carried out one term as President of the Council of European Dentists, in Brussels, between 2006 and 2009. In 2009 he was elected President-elect of the FDI – World Dental Federation, and his term as FDI President began on September 2011 and finished on 31 August 2013.

In 2011 he was elected President of the National Professional Associations Council (CNOP) and in February 2014 re-elected for one more term. In February 2012, Orlando was empowered advisor of the Portuguese Economic and Social Council.

The University of Porto conferred Orlando with the Degree Honoris Causa, in October 2013.

He is fluent in English, French, German and Spanish.


Margaret Mungherera works in Mulago National Referral Hospital, Uganda, as Senior Consultant Psychiatrist. She is the current President of the World Medical Association.

In 2000, while President of the Uganda Medical Association, she approached the top executives of the national medical associations of Kenya and Tanzania in an effort to improve the standards of regulation of doctors and dental surgeons in the East African region. As a result, the regulatory bodies were brought together.

There is a harmonized approach to Continuing Professional Development, a single harmonized curriculum for the training of undergraduate doctors and dental surgeons and another for training interns in 5 countries in the East African region (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi). In addition, there is joint regular curricular review and joint approval of medical and dental schools in the region.

Harmonized regulation has improved the standards of regulation and introduced reciprocal recognition so that graduates from recognized medical and dental schools can work in any of the five countries without having to do entry examinations. Other health professional cadres (nurses, pharmacists, etc) are undergoing a similar process.

Margaret continues to represent the Uganda Medical Association on the regulatory body for doctors and dental surgeons in Uganda and chairs the Ethics and Discipline Committee.

Ayala Parag


AYALA PARAG Ayala Parag is the Chief Physiotherapist in the Ministry of Health, Israel – a position she has since 2004. In this position, her responsibilities include creation of professional policy and standards, responsibility for professional audit of physiotherapy services in all public institutions in Israel, as well as service and professional development Ayala played key roles in creation of the Law Regulating Health Professionals, which took effect in Israel in 2008 and in advocacy for professional role expansion for physiotherapists in Israel including recognition of physiotherapists as competent to serve as “first contact practitioners”.

Prior to her current role, Ayala spent 10 years as Director of Physiotherapy Services at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. She previously worked as a staff physiotherapist and clinical instructor in various public and private institutions including the Royal Columbia Hospital, Vancouver, Canada.

Ayala holds qualifications as a physiotherapist and a Masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.


Annabel Seebohm studied law at the University of Bonn, undertook her judicial service training in Hamburg and holds a Master degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Since 2007 Annabel has been the head legal advisor of the World Medical Association (WMA) and serves as parliamentarian during statutory WMA meetings.

Annabel is also head of the Brussels Office of the German Medical Association (GMA). She advises the bodies, members and the administration of the GMA especially on matters relating to EU law and is responsible for communication with EU institutions.

Before joining the Brussels Office in 2013, Annabel was legal advisor in the former Joint Legal Department of the GMA and the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (NASHIP)) and later on legal advisor in the GMA legal department.


Marlene Smadu, RN, EdD, LLD (h.c.) is Vice-President of Quality and Transformation, Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Prior to assuming this role she served as the Associate Dean, Southern Saskatchewan Campus and International Student Affairs for the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Assistant Deputy Minister of Health and Principal Nursing Advisor for the government of Saskatchewan, and Education Consultant and Executive Director at the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association, the regulatory body for registered nurses in Saskatchewan, Canada. She has practiced nursing in all domains (clinical, education, administration, research and policy) and in a variety of settings in Canada, Papua New Guinea, and Qatar.

Dr. Smadu is a board member for the International Council of Nurses and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and is member of the University of Regina senate. She has served on a number of international, national and provincial boards and committees, including as a member of the board and chair of the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council (2002-2011), President-Elect and President of the Canadian Nurses Association (2004-2008) and co-chair of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) National Expert Commission on the Health of the Nation and the Future of the Health System (2011-2012). In June 2013 she was awarded the Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws, from the University of Calgary for leadership in Canadian nursing and international health care. Her research program includes patient safety and quality improvement, health human resource planning and development, Aboriginal health, health and nursing policy, and leadership.


Una Viviene Reid graduated from the Kingston Public Hospital School of Nursing, Jamaica and the Simpson Maternity Pavilion, Edinburgh, Scotland. She holds a Post-Basic Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Toronto; a Master of Science Degree in Nursing Education from the University of British Columbia; a Master of Education and a Doctor of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Una’s post-doctoral studies include health planning and health economics, and human resource policy and planning from York University (UK); health economics from the University of Aberdeen; quality assurance and accreditation, and problem-based learning from Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

As a PAHO/WHO Human Resource Development Advisor Una developed/strengthened nursing education in the Caribbean and in 1992, PAHO/WHO Staff Association awarded her the Mercedes Alonso Award in “Recognition to the Principles of Freedom of Association and Outstanding Services to the Staff Association.”

In 1998, in honour of WHO 50th anniversary, Una was acknowledged by PAHO/WHO and the Ministry of Health, Jamaica in “Recognition for her Contribution in the Strengthening of Public Health Services in CARICOM Member States”.

Una was awarded the 2004 Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto Distinguished Alumnus Award for her work in “The Advancement of Nursing and Human Resource Development in the Caribbean and globally.”

Una specializes in human resource development and has extensive related international work experience. She continues to work internationally.

Chris Robertson


Chris Robertson is the Director, National Board Services and Queensland at the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Chris has more than 15 years of expertise in health policy and legislation, workforce planning and innovation. He currently has direct national responsibility for the Queensland state office, in addition to his National Board Services role which he started in January 2010.

Previously, Chris served as the National Director Policy and Legislation, National Registration and Accreditation Implementation Project, Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council. One of the key accomplishments in this role was the development and subsequent enactment of the first and second stages of the National Law hosted by Queensland and now in force in every state and territory.

Chris is a proven relationship builder and advisor in the complex environment of Health Ministers, Advisory Councils, government bodies, public agencies and key stakeholders. He holds a Graduate Certificate of Health Management from the Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor of Commerce from Griffith University. He was previously a Registered Nurse working in critical care and holds a Diploma of Applied Science Nursing from Monash University.

Crowne Plaza Hotel
Avenue Louis-Casaï 75-77
1216 Cointrin
Geneva, Switzerland

17 & 18 May 2014


The World Health Professions Regulation Conference is hosted by the World Health Professions Alliance