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

The Workplace Culture Framework has been designed to embed ongoing cultural improvement strategies as part of the core business in every facility of NSW Health. The Workplace Culture Framework embodies our CORE values of Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment.

In April 2015 everyone who worked for NSW Health was invited to participate in a workplace culture survey to provide feedback on their experiences and views on their workplace culture.

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Aboriginal Workforce in NSW Health

Aboriginal workforce

NSW Health has developed a set of Aboriginal Workforce strategies, programs and supporting publications 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 is achieved.
 
The Good Health - Great Jobs Aboriginal Workforce Strategic Framework 2011-2015 has been developed to guide local activities while ensuring state-wide targets can be achieved and ensuring a skilled, qualified and competent workforce continues to evolve across the state. As an adjunct to this, the Respecting the Difference Aboriginal Cultural Training Framework for NSW Health is a policy guiding the development of culturally safe work spaces, practices and culturally safe patient environments.
 

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: Friday 25 November 2016