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Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy

Senate Appointee, 2008 - 2018

Member, Community Affairs Committee


Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy is a Professor in Dalhousie's School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Professions, and Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine. Gail is the Director of the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research and the Centre for Transformative Nursing and Health Research in the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University. She is also a Co-investigator at the Nursing Research Unit at the University of Toronto.

Gail's contributions have been primarily in the area of health services with an emphasis on needs-based health systems and health human resources (HHR) planning through leadership in research, teaching, and work with governments, employers, unions, and professional associations. She has been an expert advisor on human resources for health for the WHO and PAHO for the past ten years and was involved in the Federal/Provincial/ Territorial work on HHR, serving as the science lead for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) on the Advisory Committee on Health Delivery and Human Resources (ACHDHR) for eight years. In 2014-15, upon invitation from the Deputy Minister of Health, Gail was an advisor to government as a member of the Nova Scotia Health Innovation Group.

Gail co-leads national and international research teams consisting of clinicians, health care leaders, senior policy-makers, and researchers from government, universities and health care organizations. Her research in health services and HHR has been funded by both National and jurisdictional funding agencies as well as ministries of health. Canadian projects have been conducted in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Ontario and Nunavut. International projects include working with partners in Australia, Brazil, Jamaica (and other Caribbean countries), New Zealand, Tanzania, the United States and Zambia. Dr. Tomblin Murphy's work has been widely published in peer-reviewed publications and as policy documents and commissioned reports.

In 2008, Gail led the successful application to obtain the designation as a WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre, and in 2012 and 2016, the successful 4-year re-designations (2012-2016 & 2016-2020). The Centre’s mandate is to build capacity in needs-based health systems and workforce planning, within Canada and internationally. With its global members, partners and networks, it carries out activities in three areas, health systems/workforce planning, capacity-building/ knowledge translation, and evaluation.

The Centre for Transformative Nursing and Health Research is a Dalhousie University Senate designated research centre at the School of Nursing. The mission of the Centre is to generate nursing and health related research and to inspire discovery that is methodologically sound, actionable, and dedicated to improving health and health outcomes for people in Nova Scotia and beyond. The vision of the Centre is to undertake collaborative research to improve and sustain people's health and well-being. The Centre’s activities focus on four research pillars: the health needs of people, health workforce and health systems planning, marginalized populations and health equity, and knowledge translation.