HRDA Origins

The countries of the Asia Pacific region have struggled with the constraints of their own contexts while observing gains made elsewhere among their neighbours. In recent years agreements between countries have seen an interest in achieving shared standards of staff training and development and staffing levels. Systems for communicating shared experiences among countries have depended on the WHO’s publications and periodic Country HRH Profiles. Unlike other WHO regions an HRH Observatory has not been supported in the Western Pacific Region. Read more…

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For a brief period, this capacity was supported by Australian Government (AusAID) funding to the University of New South Wales HRH Knowledge Hub at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine. HRDA was formed to fill the void in high quality HRH thinking in the Asia Pacific Region following the closure of the HRH Knowledge Hub.


The principals and many of the HRDA Associates have worked together as staff of, consultants for, or advisors to the HRH Knowledge Hub.HRDA draws upon a wealth of HRH experience and expertise, forged in the Western Pacific Region and in the domestic Australian market.


The foundation shareholders include Dr Graham Roberts who was previously the Deputy Director of the HRH Knowledge Hub, Head of Department of Public Health at Fiji School of Medicine and Director of Research, and who has led several Australian development assistance projects in the region. The foundation shareholders also include Lee Ridoutt, who formed and has operated a strategic HRH research company in Australia for over 30 years providing critical advice to national, state and local governments and their service providers. More information about that company, Human Capital Alliance, can be found at:

HRDA’s objectives

HRDA was formed to meet the global need to strengthen human resources for health planning and development. HRDA’s principal areas of work are closely aligned with the five strategic objectives of the World Health Organization’s Western Pacific Region Office for regional human resources. The key directions of HRDA’s work include: 


Ensuring that effective and appropriate health workforce planning and development is an integral part of national policy and responsive to population, epidemiological and service needs.


Supporting HR information systems that enable the delivery of effective health services by addressing workforce size, distribution, and skill mix.


Identifying and advising ways to satisfy health worker to ensure optimal workforce retention and participation.


Improving the quality of education and training to meet the skill and development needs of the health workforce in changing service environments.


Advising upon how to strengthen health workforce governance and management to ensure the delivery of cost-effective, evidence-based and safe health services.

What we can deliver

  • Country level strategic workforce reviews
  • National Health Strategic Planning reviews
  • Strategic workforce planning in response to identified and emerging needs
  • Creating HR information systems
  • Workforce administration policy advice
  • Training needs Analysis


  • Providing contextualised training in HR leadership and management for health leaders
  • Study tours and professional visits to Australia on HRH
  • Curriculum development
  • Continuing professional development systems
  • Program implementation evaluation.
  • Developing the capacity of health workforce
    All HRDAs services are underpinned by expert project management systems.



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HRDA Head Office, Sydney 8.03 / 14 Kings Cross Road, Potts Point, NSW 2011
+61 2 9380 8003 | +61 404 732 504