Health Professional Workforce Taskforce

Health Professionals Workforce Plan

The Health Professionals Workforce Plan 2012-2022 provides a blue print of the strategies to ensure NSW can train, recruit and retain doctors, nurses, midwives, oral health practitioners, allied health professionals and other clinical staff in order to provide health services for NSW communities.

The Plan recognises that more of the same is no longer the answer and that it will be a challenge for NSW Health to build a workforce of the size required to meet forecast growth based on current health service patterns and models of care.

The Plan identifies who is responsible for the development and delivery of initiatives, recognising that there are many organisations that contribute to the successful provision of health services across NSW Health.

YourSay Workplace Culture Survey

Workplace culture

Workplace Culture is key to the wellbeing of staff and to delivering the best outcomes for our patients.

NSW Health has a range of programs to improve workplace culture including the People Matter Employee Survey, JMO Support Line and Statement of Agreed Principles on a Respectful Culture in Medicine.

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Rostering is the means by which we plan our daily staffing needs to match our patient care demands.

Effective rostering ensures that a skilled and available workforce is deployed to deliver patient care services as efficiently as possible.

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Workforce horizons

Workforce Horizons identify factors that will influence the future of our workforce. This method aids in workforce planning and forecasting to ensure a fit for purpose workforce.

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Aboriginal Workforce in NSW Health

Aboriginal workforce

Aboriginal Workforce strategies, programs and publications are available to assist health services to achieve the required minimum Aboriginal workforce employment rate of 2.6% while ensuring a clinically and culturally safe patient and staff environment.

The Good Health - Great Jobs Aboriginal Workforce Strategic Framework 2016-2020 guides local activities while ensuring state-wide targets can be achieved and ensuring a skilled, qualified and competent workforce continues to evolve across the state. In addition, the Respecting the Difference Aboriginal Cultural Training Framework guides the development of culturally safe work spaces, practices and patient environments.

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Allied health

The Allied Health Workforce in NSW Health is a diverse group of professions, in most instances university qualified professionals who work in a health-care team to support a person's medical care.  As stated in the 'Review of Australian Government Health Workforce Programs, 8.2 Allied Health Workforce:

'In very broad terms, allied health professionals provide services to enhance and maintain function of their patients (clients) within a range of settings including hospitals, private practice, community health and in-home care. There is an emphasis on healthy lifestyle and on independence; whether that is physically, psychologically, cognitively or socially. Allied health professionals also have a large role in the management of people with disabilities from childhood to adult.'

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Page Updated: Thursday 11 October 2018