HRDA was formed to meet the emerging needs for human resources for health planning and development in the Asia Pacific Region. While HRDA has and can call upon expertise in all the areas of human resources planning, development and management, its predominant expertise is in regard to strategic planning of human resources in health. In the diagram below, where the range of human resources practice is simply illustrated, HRDA’s expertise is located more to the left hand or strategic side of the HR field.
HRDA’s principal areas of work are closely aligned with the five strategic objectives of the World Health Organisation’s Western Pacific Region Office for regional human resources. The key directions of HRDA’s work include: