The roundtable aimed to build on the initial australia-canada roundtable, held in Melbourne in 2011; to explore in detail the issues involved in foreign qualification recognition (these are reviewed in the australia and canada backgrounders distributed to participants before the roundtable); and to provide participants with the oppor- tunity to learn about foreign credential recognition processes [...] Many noted that protecting the health and safety of the public is essential and often the main prior- ity for regulators, even if that means prohibiting many immigrants from practising the profession if they do not meet the licensure requirements. [...] For example, in regulating health care professions, governments may have an interest in the supply of members of a profession, 4 as part of a broader interest in ensuring the availability, accessibility and funding of health care. [...] Some key examples of the former are the 1996 Trans-Tasman Mutual recognition arrangement be- tween australia and new Zealand and the 2008 Quebec-France agreement on the Mutual recognition of Professional Qualifications. [...] Photo: Don Erhardt 13 Following a discussion about the Quebec-France accord, a number of participants indicated quite strong support for the idea of developing a canada-australia framework agreement on qualification recognition that could lead to Mras between regulatory bodies and provide for the regular exchange of best practices and information.
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