In this new paper A new Approach to Australia’s health workforce, Jill Iliffe argues that any serious attempt to improve Australia’s health policy must address the capacity, efficiency and flexibility of our health workforce.
The health workforce comprises around 5% of the total workforce in Australia, and absorbs around two thirds of Australia’s total health spending. Health spending itself is about 9.7% of GDP.
Australia employs similar ratios of health professionals to the OECD average; however the rate of employment growth in the health system, concentrated among allied health and complementary health professionals, is now twice our rate of population growth.
Health workers are highly diverse, ranging from entry level workers educated at a Certificate II or III level, to highly qualified professionals with Bachelor, Masters or PhD qualifications. It is this specialisation that makes evidence based workforce policy and management essential.
Why do we need to reform health workforce policy?
Australia’s health system is dependent on its health workforce. Numerous reports on the health workforce over the last decade have warned of impending crisis and the need for urgent action if the Australian community is to be assured of safe and efficient health care from a safe and sufficient health workforce.
That the National Health Workforce Strategic Framework be properly executed by all Australian governments, to:
A change in policy is essential for Australia’s health care system to be sustainable, and the following should proceed immediately:
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