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.

More information
YourSay Workplace Culture Survey

Workplace culture

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

Our workplaces strive to embody NSW Health's CORE values of Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment.

NSW Health has a range of programs to improve workplace culture:

More information
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 culturally safe work spaces, practices and patient environments.

More information

Allied health

The allied health workforce in NSW Health is a diverse group of professionals who work in a health-care team to support a person's medical care.

Allied health professionals provide services to enhance and maintain function of their patients within a range of settings including hospitals, private practice, community health and in-home care.

More information

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.

More information


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.

More information

Medical workforce

The NSW medical workforce includes junior and senior doctors working in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas.

NSW Health provides quality training and support through a wide range of projects, policies and strategies for prevocational, college accredited trainees and trainees working in unaccredited training positions.

More information

Workforce planning

Workforce Planning is the mechanism we use to ensure NSW Health trains, recruits and retains a ‘fit for purpose’ workforce and is, in turn, able to effectively address workforce needs of the system. This is an ongoing process to anticipate future service demands and supply challenges to facilitate the development of strategies to address them. It is about determining what we need to do now to best prepare for the future.

More information
Current as at: Wednesday 30 June 2021