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In the 2014 Budget the Australian Government announced the closure of Health Workforce Australia (HWA), with essential functions transferring to the Department of Health.

HWA closed on 6 August. Funding agreements and other business functions are being managed by the Department of Health, which can be contacted by using the online enquiries form at the following address: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-central.htm

In common with other developed nations, Australia’s health workforce is under tremendous pressure and must undergo significant transformation to meet the rapidly rising demands for healthcare. 

For Australia to continue to have a high-quality health system that is sustainable and affordable, we need to look at how the health workforce can provide health services differently.

There is no simple solution to address the complex health workforce issues - a package of measures is needed. HWA is the national workforce agency that is progressing this work.

Latest News

The Federal Budget was released on Tuesday 13 May 2014 and the Government has decided to close Health Workforce Australia.

Issue 23 of HWA's e-newsletter is now available.

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