Speaker Biography

Zafar Mehdi

Assistant Professor, Dhofar University, Oman

Title: The Impact of Further Training of Healthcare Workers on their Professional Development and Work Situation in Health and Long-term care sectors in Germany and Canada

Zafar Mehdi

Zafar Mehdi is an assistant professor of social sciences at Dhofar University Oman and his background spans the fields of community health and epidemiology, social gerontology, medical demography and sociology of health, aging, elderly care and training of elderly care workers in health and long-term care workers.  His specific interest is in advancing an evidence-based approach in the development of public policy for healthy aging and quality of life of elderly in later ages that addresses community-level health and social problems. Drawing on a broad range of experience including research at Department of Gerontology, University of Vechta, Germany, Community Health and Epidemiology at University of Saskatchewan, Canada, London School of Economics, UK, Demography program at Australian National University Canberra, Australia, York University Toronto and Dhofar University Oman. He has also been involved in public health and epidemiology related projects in Canada and Germany. Prior to coming to Dhofar University Oman, as an assistant professor of social sciences, he was involved in several qualitative and quantitative research projects in Canada and Germany. He has maters in sociology (Pakistan), masters in demography (Australia) and PhD in Gerontology (Germany) and a diploma in public health from Canada. 


This paper investigates the relation of occupational training and advanced education of healthcare workers (nurses, elderly carers and care assistants) with their work situation in health and long-term care sectors in Germany and Canada. The effects of further training of healthcare workers on career advancement and employment situation in hospitals, nursing homes and home care settings are unclear.  We examine how this association is influenced by the different training systems in both countries. Data were drawn from German Socio-economic Panel data 2010 and Canadian Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics data 2010 for the analysis.  Findings reveal that additional training of care workers has a statistical significant relationship with many outcomes and a positive impact on their professional development and work situation.