Final Annual Report - Health Workforce Australia

Reporting Period Highlights

Page last updated: 18 May 2015

About Health Workforce Australia


HWA was established to assist Governments to build a sustainable health workforce for Australia. HWA developed three key objectives, they were:

  • Build capacity
  • Boost productivity
  • Improve distribution

To provide a structure and develop a work plan HWA developed 5 strategic domains as follows:

National Health Workforce Innovation and Reform Strategic Framework Strategic Framework for Action 2011-2015

Key Domains Objectives
Domain 1: Health workforce reform for more effective, efficient and accessible service delivery Reform health workforce roles to improve productivity and support more effective, efficient and accessible service delivery models that better address population health needs
Domain 2: Health workforce capacity and skills development Develop an adaptable health workforce equipped with the requisite competencies and support that provides team based and collaborative models of care
Domain 3: Leadership for the sustainability of the health system Develop leadership capacity to support and lead health workforce innovation and reform
Domain 4: Health workforce planning Enhance workforce planning capacity, both nationally and jurisdictionally, taking account of emerging health workforce configuration, technology and competencies
Domain 5: Health workforce policy, funding and regulation Develop policy, regulation, funding and employment arrangements that are supportive of health workforce reform

HWA’s work plan was based on these domains and was agreed by all Australian Health Ministers in August 2013. During the Reporting Period HWA delivered the following in accordance with its approved work plan:

Health LEADS Australia – an Australian Health Leadership Framework was published in July 2013. Over 50 free licenses were provided to organisations and individuals to use Health LEADS Australia for non-commercial purposes.

In November 2013, Health Ministers approved the implementation of the Health Professionals Prescribing Pathway (HPPP), a nationally consistent approach to prescribing other than doctors.

HWA’s second national conference, Skilled and flexible – The health workforce for Australia’s future attracted 650 delegates from across Australasia to the three-day event in November 2013.

HWA released seven reports as part of Australia’s Health Workforce Series, which aims to increase the understanding of Australia’s health workforce. Health Workforce by Numbers Issue 2 was published in December 2013 followed in March 2014 by Dietitians in Focus, Optometrists in Focus, Pharmacists in Focus, Podiatrists in Focus, Physiotherapists in Focus and Psychologists in Focus.

HWA published the Rural Medical Generalist (RMG) and Dual Trained Physician Final Report in June 2014. The report describes the key elements of the projects and makes recommendations for reform.

In addition, the following activities were undertaken:

  • The establishment of a National Medical Training Advisory Network (NMTAN) to provide a mechanism to improve the coordination of medical training in Australia. The network brings together health and education leaders to advise on the planning and coordination of medical training, from university training through to vocational training;
  • Funding to 38 higher education providers to support clinical training placement for students of 22 health professions;
  • Funding provided to the Aboriginal Health College NSW and its associated training partners to train 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers, to complete the nationally accredited Certificate IV in Training and Assessment qualification. To date, 65 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers have become qualified trainers; and
  • The Aged Care Workforce Reform programme funded 26 projects nationally in not-for profit, public and private health and aged settings across Australia to implement new workforce models.
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