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In Part 2 of our Q&A series with Ahpra CEO Martin Fletcher, we discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on health care regulation and the promise of data-driven technology in the public sector.

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In Part 2 of our Q&A series with Ahpra CEO Martin Fletcher, we discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on health care regulation and the promise of data-driven technology in the public sector.
In Part 1 of Paul Leavoy's conversation with Australian doctor, lawyer, and academic Dr. Marie Bismark, they discuss the mental health of practitioners, the common features of sexual misconduct complaints in health care, and the effectiveness of regulatory interventions in cases of sexual misconduct.
Our latest Ascend Magazine Q&A tracks the career of one of health care's most accomplished regulators and takes a look at the concepts that shape the field of health policy overall.
Criticisms about long application processing times can fail to account for the many external factors at play that are not under the regulator’s control. Regulatory expert Dr. Sheila Marchant-Short explores this and more in our latest Voices article.
How do regulators balance the need for rigid, universally applied constants with the demands of a dynamic, ever-changing world? Regulatory expert Harry Cayton looks at this and more in our latest Voices article.
Despite few signs of bipartisanship nationwide, at the state level, there have been a number of instances of cross-party support, particularly when it comes to licensing reform.
As we have seen in many industries, AI carries enormous potential. But can it carry over to the world of regulation? Anna van der Gaag's work has taken her deep into the intersection of technology and regulation. In this article, she explores exciting research findings on AI in a regulatory context and shares some encouraging signs.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it imperative for regulators to handle the rapidly expanding field of telepractice. In this column, Julie de Gongre breaks down seven principles for regulators to keep in mind when regulating telepractice across jurisdictions.
Professor Malcolm Sparrow's thinking on preventive regulation has proved highly influential. But when it comes to translating theory to practice, sometimes regulators have a hard time applying abstract concepts. For the PSA's Douglas Bilton, an event involving his own cat in his very home helped render theory very concrete.
When convicted murderers are permitted to practice in their profession, is good character important? Harry Cayton asks if the boards of licensing bodies should apply the same standards to themselves as they apply to applicants for a license.
Equity is just one piece of the DE&I puzzle and, as gatekeepers to professional practice, regulators are also an important part, since they impact the livelihoods of applicants and licensees, argues Cara Moroney.
Regulation of potentially harmful substances is complicated – particularly in the clothing industry, which isn't directly regulated though several chemicals and substances found in clothing pose a threat to health and the environment. In this Voices column, Cara Moroney looks at how Health Canada regulates the substances that go into clothing, existing gaps in compliance monitoring, and what can be done to better protect the public and the planet from harm.


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BC expands licensure pathway for international doctors: Weekly regulatory news 

The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy.
British Columbia expands licensure pathway for internationally educated doctors, Ohio amendment could change the future of social work, proposal to reduce cosmetology licensure hours in Virginia sparks backlash, and more in our weekly look at regulatory news.


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