Health Workforce Australia (HWA) is a Commonwealth statutory authority that delivers a national, coordinated approach to health workforce reform. It was established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to address the challenges of providing a skilled, flexible and innovative health workforce that meets the needs of the Australian community.
Since its inception, Health Workforce Australia has been working in collaboration with governments and non-government organisations across health and higher education sectors to address critical priorities in the planning, training and reform of Australia’s health workforce.
Health Workforce Australia objectives
The demand for health care is growing, arising from an ageing population, growth in chronic disease, and increased community expectation. At the same time, there are significant challenges including maldistribution of the health workforce, looming shortages in some professions and specialties, inefficient work practices, and inflexible professional roles and work practices.
In response, HWA's one overall goal is – to build a sustainable health workforce for Australia.
HWA's three core objectives to achieve this goal are:
To deliver these objectives, HWA works by:
Health Workforce Australia has pioneered groundbreaking initiatives and landmark research to shake up our health care system and push for change. Here is a snapshot of our achievements to date: