Dentist migration in the Asia Pacific: problems, priorities and policy recommendations

Madhan Balasubramanian, Jennifer Gallagher, Stephanie Short, David Brennan

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Dentist migration is an emerging policy issue in the Asia-Pacific Region (the region includes the WHO South-East Asian Region and Western Pacific Region). While migration is a human right, and considered essential for global development, it can also lead to brain drain in developing and poorer countries. To date, there is very little understanding of the dentist migration issue and analysis of its impact on oral health systems and dental workforce development in this region3. This commentary aims to provide an overview of the dentist migration issue in the Asia-Pacific Region.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S9-S11
Number of pages3
JournalNature India
Issue numberFebruary 2017 Special Issue
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • health inequalities
  • migration
  • health professionals
  • dentists
  • health workforce


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