Stronger Rural Health – Recruitment and retention – improved workforce distribution through a demand and supply planning tool

Page last updated: 08 May 2018

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The Government will establish, for the first time, a single, integrated, quality source of health workforce and services data through the development, production, implementation and ongoing management of the Health Demand and Supply Utilisation Patterns Planning (HeaDS UPP) Tool. The tool will use newly defined geographic catchments to reflect where people live and where they access health services, as well as where health practitioners and services are located.

This will better inform workforce analysis and planning, and policy and program development, and enable informed collaboration across the health system.

Why is this important?

This new planning tool will, for the first time, bring together data on health workforce and services to better inform decisions around where workforces and services are needed. There is currently limited ability to measure and analyse the health service needs of a community and apply the right resources to improve workforce distribution.

The HeaDS UPP Tool will provide a single source of quality data for workforce planners at the local, jurisdictional and national levels. It also responds to Health Workforce Australia’s 2014 report, Health Workforce 2025: Consumer edition, which called for improvements to workforce and service planning.

Who will benefit?

People in rural and remote locations and areas of workforce shortage will benefit from a better distributed primary health care workforce, informed by the HeaDS UPP Tool.

Users of the tool will include policy makers, and organisations with a health distribution planning role such as Rural Workforce Agencies, Primary Health Networks, Local Health Districts, and medical colleges.

How much will this cost?

The Stronger Rural Health Strategy is a $550 million investment to support improved rural health services.

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