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  • Newsletters IconNGO Mental Health Workforce Study Workforce Survey – Now Closed.

The NGO Mental Health Workforce Study Workforce is now closed. This survey is directed at individual staff members within organisations captured in the Landscape Survey who provide direct and indirect support to mental health consumers and carers.  This survey will better our understanding of the existing non-government mental health workforce, and what the future needs of the workforce may be.

  • Newsletters IconNGO Mental Health Workforce Study Landscape Survey – Now Closed.

The NGO Mental Health Workforce Study Landscape Survey is now closed. Please complete the survey for your organisation to better our understanding of the existing non-government mental health workforce, and what the future needs of the workforce may be.

 A survey of all universities in Australia is underway to obtain detailed information covering a range of health disciplines, including student numbers, clinical training requirements and supervision arrangements.  

A Collaboration between the NHWT and a consortium to undertake national health workforce planning and research projects over a three-year period.

The current and projected shortage in the Australian health workforce are driven by a complex interaction of demographic, socio-cultural, clinical and professional factors

The Health Workforce Planning Tool is Australia’s first agreed and official national tool to project the health workforce required to ensure that supply is sufficient to meet demand at both the macro and individual profession levels.

The NHWT has developed an evaluation framework and template to ensure a consistent nationwide approach to prospective evaluation of NHWT’s Demonstration Projects.

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:

Increasing Supply

  • 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.

Read more about recent COAG Reforms


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