Final Annual Report - Health Workforce Australia

Improving Distribution

Page last updated: 18 May 2015

National Rural and Remote Health Workforce Innovation and Reform Strategy

Its purpose was to provide strategic actions for adoption at national, jurisdictional, and agency level to facilitate productivity improvements and workforce flexibility, to address workforce issues for rural and remote Australia.

Rural Health Professionals

The Rural Health Professionals Program (RHPP) was a workforce initiative designed to increase the allied health and nursing workforce in rural and remote Australia. RHPP was the first nationally funded and coordinated strategy to increase allied health and nursing workforce to areas of greatest need.

Rural Medical Generalists

This work built on the experience and implementation of RMG programmes across jurisdictions. A RMG is a GP with nationally recognised skill sets and qualifications. They are credentialled to provide primary care, hospital, emergency and population healthcare as well as one or more areas of advanced specialised practice in a rural, remote and or regional setting. This project involved comprehensive national stakeholder consultations.

Rural General Surgery Workforce

This project articulated training and career pathways to support surgical service models that met specific rural and remote community needs. It considered workforce and training models as well as involving stakeholder consultations to inform the development of workforce and training models for general surgery in rural areas.

General Practice Education and Training: Overseas Trained Doctor National Education Training Programme

The Overseas Trained Doctor Network Education Training Programme was created to provide education and training for up to 775 overseas trained doctors to support attainment of general or vocational registration as a general practitioner. Priority is given to overseas trained doctors with general or limited registration practicing in regional, rural or remote areas, followed by those in districts of workforce shortage. Providers conducted an assessment of overseas trained doctors’ learning needs, developed an individually tailored learning plan, and ensured the provision of training and education to support them to undertake the relevant AMC or college exams necessary to achieve general or vocational registration.

Allied Health Professions – Rural and Remote Generalist

The Allied Health Professions – Rural and Remote Generalist project was established to provide a blueprint for education and support pathway for allied health professionals working in generalist roles in rural and remote settings. This included clinical governance, attraction and selection, training, mentoring and supervision requirements.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce plays an important role in changing the health demographics in Indigenous communities. HWA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce programme implemented a range of projects noted below to develop and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers.

Accreditation Support for Registered Training Organisations

The aim of HWA’s Accreditation Support for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) project was to increase the number of not-for-profit RTOs eligible to meet the accreditation standards set by the Accreditation Committee of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia (ATSIHPBA).

Training support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers

This project aimed to help increase the number of qualified trainers and improve training quality, accessibility and flexibility for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Benchmarking and Risk Assessment project

The project aimed to assist the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board to make decisions about the benchmarking of training for registration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners and to assess the risks associated with broadening the qualifications recognised for registration. HWA provided support to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency to undertake the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health worker benchmarking and risk assessment project.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework

The implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework aimed to improve the knowledge and capabilities of health professionals to better equip them to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and contribute to better health outcomes. HWA worked with Curtin University to develop a culturally-inclusive, interdisciplinary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework for integration into entry level health profession training.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Log Book

A clinical log book was used extensively across Australia by registered training organisations as a competency-based learning and assessment tool for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers.

Skills Recognition and Up-skilling of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers

The Skills Recognition and Up-skilling project aimed to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers eligible to meet the required qualification standard to enable registration as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner.

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