Workforce Planning

Please see the links below to ACT Health's workforce planning activities.

ACT Health Workforce Plan 2013-2018

This Plan is being used to guide health workforce reform within ACT Health to 2018.

Workforce Plan

Why do we need a Workforce plan for the ACT Health workforce?

  • Our population and workforce demographics are shifting. The population aged 65 and over is projected to increase disproportionately, and the workforce itself is also ageing with proportionally less young people choosing health as a career or staying in the health sector for their entire career.
  • New technologies are being introduced and there is an increasing need to review and change services to meet expanding needs in the areas of chronic disease, ageing and consumer demand.
  • We need the right skills in the right place and the right models of care to meet the needs of the ACT community into the future.

ACT Health

In line with national and international trends, the demand on the ACT health system is expected to continue to increase over coming decades as the population ages and the prevalence of chronic health conditions rises .

The health sector is competing for employees at a time when there is greater competition for labour supply. It is projected that by 2050 there will only be 2.7 people of working age for each Australian aged 65 years and over, as compared to five working age people per aged person in 2010 . At the same time, the health workforce is ageing, with the demonstrated average age of the health workforce being higher than for the overall workforce .

The ACT population grew by 10.3% between 2006 and 2011 and, with 2.1% population growth per annum, the ACT population may be expected to grow by another 14.7% by 2018 . The ACT health care system also provides tertiary referral services for south east NSW which grew by 3.9% between 2006 and 2011 and is expecting a 13.5% population growth between 2011 and 2018 . 1.5% of the current ACT population identifies as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander with 5,156 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people resident in the ACT in 2011. Approximately 5668 (2.9% of the population) in south-east NSW identifies as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander vi.

These factors highlight the need for planning to assist the ACT to maintain its high quality health services to a growing population over the next 10–15 years.

Other Health Service Providers in the ACT

The ACT population is serviced by a wide variety of health service providers, including, government, private and non government providers which may be large or medium sized organisations, small group practices or individual providers. This variety of services provide residents with increased healthcare choice and access. The Workforce Plan contains relevant local strategies that can be implemented by other organisations as well.

Workforce plan discussion document

This discussion paper collates key national and local workforce issues and considers strategies that may help to resolve or improve these issues.

The paper was used to inform the development of the Workforce Plan for the Health Workforce of the ACT for the period 2013-2018.

If you have any questions about this you are welcome to contact the project officer Cathy Watson or call 62051927.

Project Background

In 2005, the first ACT Health Workforce Plan (2005-2010) set out the issues, evidence and strategies required to deliver a sustainable ACT Health workforce. This Plan articulated four objectives required to build a sustainable health workforce that mirrored the national workforce agenda, including: improving workforce data; increasing workforce responsiveness through workforce redesign; aligning education and training with service needs; and ensuring a coordinated approach through effective linkages. This plan has provided a useful framework for an evidence-based approach for ACT Health workforce planning. This planning specifically focused on the public sector clinical workforce, which is comprised of medical, nursing and midwifery, and a set of allied health professions.

A new health workforce plan is now guiding sustainability of local health care. This new Plan has built upon the good work already encapsulated in the ACT Health Workforce Plan 2005-2010 and the domains in HWA’s National Health Workforce Innovation and Reform Strategic Framework for Action 2011–2015 have been used as a framework for this Plan to provide alignment with national workforce activities.

ACT Health Workforce Plan 2013-2018

To align with the national agenda, ACT health workforce issues are managed through a multi-faceted approach across five focus areas:

  • Health Workforce Reform
  • Health Workforce Development
  • Health Workforce Leadership
  • Health Workforce Planning
  • Health Workforce Policy

The public health sector sits within a complex interrelated system which provides total coverage for the health needs of the ACT community. Other Health Sectors in the ACT are welcome to adopt any strategies relevant to their sectors.

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