NSW Health is committed to achieving a 'fit-for-purpose' workforce for the future. The Focus on the Future Signature Project aims to support a resilient and digitally-enabled workforce that is prepared for the future of work.
Healthcare is evolving, and so are the needs and expectations of our communities, patients and workforce. Rapid advancements in technology and new ways of working are driving changes across the healthcare system. As the pace of these developments continue to escalate, our workforce needs to adapt to meet competing demands on healthcare services.
The NSW public health system of today plays an important role in helping to identify and co-design the workforce, skills, capabilities and technologies of the future. Advances in technology, ongoing investment in preventative health and innovative models of care present significant opportunities to build a stronger, more flexible, patient-centred health system in NSW. By focusing on the future of healthcare, we can continue to meet the current and future needs of the community.
The Focus on the Future Signature Project is a workforce and culture initiative that aims to:
The Focus on the Future Signature Project is underpinned by five streams of work across two pillars:
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Over the past decade, workforce planning in NSW Health has consisted of a complex set of layers that address different types of workforce approaches. Strategic workforce planning has typically taken a five-year view on forecasting and planning.
Like many industries, healthcare is in the currently midst of significant transformation. To achieve NSW Health's vision, we need to look beyond this five-year horizon and shape a workforce that can adapt to the future of work and respond to the future health needs of our community.
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