We support Australia’s world-class health system and health workforce. If you’re a health professional or medical student, find out how we can help you to comply with requirements and access incentives and training.
Health workforce in Australia
To help Australians stay as healthy as possible, we need a health workforce with the right skills and training.
We also need our workforce to provide services across the whole of Australia, including rural and remote areas. This makes sure everyone can get the health care they need.
To do this we:
- collect data about our health workforce
- use that data to plan for future health workforce needs
What we're doing for our health workforce
We use geographic classifications to help us work out where we need to provide more services.
If you’re interested in working in a regional, rural or remote area, use our workforce locator map to check the geographical classification of any location in Australia.
The map can tell you if a location is classified as city, rural or remote. It identifies areas that need more doctors.
We also help you to:
- keep up to date with changes to policies and programs
- be aware of any national health warnings, communicable disease surveillance and reporting requirements
- comply with Medicare requirements
- maintain a high quality of health care by providing guidelines and clinical advice
- provide information for nurses and midwives, including Educating the Nurse of the Future - Independent Review of Nursing Education
- work in remote areas by funding support services to health practitioners and your families
- communicate with your patients by providing educational material such as fact sheets and campaign resources
- undertake training by providing scholarships and training incentives
- keep good records to confirm the services you have provided — if you’re asked to take part in a Medicare audit or review
- provide culturally appropriate health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by supporting Indigenous health workers