There is a big divide between the health of metropolitan Australia and that of Australians living in remote and rural areas. There is also a divide in terms of the health services available. In essence, if you live in rural or remote Australia your health will on average be poorer, and your access to health services more limited.
It is expected that this maldistribution will continue without significant national effort. Health Workforce Australia (HWA) that offers a comprehensive course of action to address workforce issues for rural and remote areas and identify key innovations and reforms wit potential for national application.
The purpose of the Strategy is to provide a suite of strategic actions for adoption at national, jurisdictional, and agency level to add value to what is already underway, and to facilitate equitable distribution, productivity improvements and workforce flexibility.
The National Rural and Remote Health Workforce Innovation and Reform Strategy has been published.
This National RRHWIR Strategy outlines multiple strategies that, if implemented, will begin to redress this health and health workforce imbalance, and give rural and remote Australians a fairer go.
The strategy focuses on key areas including: capacity and skills development, leadership, workforce policy and planning, workforce funding and regulation, and workforce reform targettedtargeted at more effective, efficient and accessible service delivery.
The National RRHWIR Strategy has been informed by an extensive consultation involving more than 700 stakeholders across 19 metropolitan, regional, rural and remote locations and included health, education and regulatory bodies. Eighty-six written submissions were also received in this process.
The RRHWIR Strategy complements the National Health Workforce Innovation and Reform Strategic Framework for Action 2011-2015 (pdf), the National Strategic Framework for Rural and Remote Health 2012 (PDF), and the findings of Health Workforce 2025 Doctors, Nurses and Midwives.
Project Manager, Workforce Innovation and Reform
Tel: 03 8624 5720