Welcome to Australia's Health Workforce Online
As the Australian health workforce faces a period of major reform, this website aims to update you with information on:
- Australia's health workforce.
- Health workforce planning.
- Activities of the various national health workforce advisory committees that report to the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (AHMAC) and Australian Health Ministers.
In Australia, government supported health workforce planning and research occurs at both the national and state/territory levels. Australia-wide activities are undertaken by the National Health Workforce Taskforce (NHWT), overseen and co-ordinated by the Health Workforce Principal Committee (HWPC).
The HWPC is the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council's principal advisor on national health workforce policy and strategic priorities.
The Australian health workforce is about to undergo significant reform. Subscribe to our newsletter Australia's Health Workforce Online News and keep up to date!
Recent COAG Reforms
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is establishing a new agency, Health Workforce Australia (HWA) to manage and oversee major reforms to the Australian health workforce. HWA will subsume the current National Health Workforce Taskforce (NHWT) activities and assume responsibility for its work program encompassing workforce planning and research; education and training; and innovation and reform.
COAG has announced the following major reforms which the agency will manage and oversee:
- Improving the capacity and productivity of the health sector to provide clinical education for increased university and vocational education and training places.
- Facilitating immigration of overseas trained health professionals and continuing to develop recruitment and retention strategies.
Reforming the Workforce
- System, funding and payment mechanisms to support new models of care and new and expanded roles.
- Redesigning roles and creating evidence based alternative scopes of practice.
- Developing strategies for aligned incentives surrounding productivity and performance of health professionals and multi-disciplinary teams.