Are doctors different? Regulating individuals in the context of occupational subcultures

Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 18 October 2016


Coombs Extension 1.04
ANU Canberra


Judith Healy


6125 8247

A basic principle of ‘responsive regulation’ is that regulators should respond to the behavior, context and culture of those being regulated. Yet scholars generally pay more attention to regulatory and regulated organisations than to the individuals being regulated. Health professionals, and doctors in particular, as a distinctively difficult group to regulate, call for considerable regulatory guile. In this seminar, Judith discusses efforts to persuade doctors to comply with protocols that aim to make health care safer for patients. The argument is that to be successful, a regulatory strategy should respond more attentively to occupational and professional subcultures and procedures.

About the speaker

Judith Healy has a degree in Arts from Adelaide University, a masters degree in social work from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, USA, and a PhD in health sciences from La Trobe University in Melbourne. She has worked on social and health policy areas in Australia, the United States and Europe, and joined the RegNet School of Regulation and Global Governance in September 2004. Her varied experience apart from academia includes community work with Aboriginal communities in Australia, hospital social work, and road accident research. She taught social policy and administration at the Flinders University of South Australia, conducted health and social services research at Policy Studies Institute in London, and researched health systems and policies for the European Observatory on Health Care Systems and Policies, based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, employed by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe.

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