The Health Workforce in 2025

Health Workforce in 2025

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The Health Workforce in 2025 was held on Thursday August 16, 2012.

Over 270 people attended the event. The following media are available:

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Postgraduate Conversation Series

Health professionals and those considering careers in the health sector, need to have an eye on the future. Things are changing. “Best practice” of today will be very different to the “best practice” in 10 or 20 years. Drivers of change include new technologies and tests, greater community expectations about healthcare, the introduction of ehealth, ageing populations and resource constraints. The consequences are enormous, not just for the community but for those in, or considering, joining the health workforce. The skills required by graduates in pharmacy, nursing, allied health, dentistry, medicine and many other professional health areas, how professions interact and their responsibilities, will be very different in the future.

What will these changes look like? What skills will health practitioners need to have satisfying and useful careers? How will health professionals interact? What role will governments play? Where are the areas of need? How can students, or prospective students, weigh up career opportunities in the health sector in 10 years?

HWA has recently completed a major report, Health Workforce 2025, which provides medium to long-term national workforce planning projections for doctors, nurses and midwives. Future reports will include planning projections for other health professionals including dentistry and allied health.


Keynote address:
Mr Mark Cormack, Chief Executive of Health Workforce Australia

MC and Facilitator:
Professor John Horvath AO

Panel discussion members:

  • Professor Bruce Robinson, Dean, Sydney Medical School
  • Professor Kathryn Refshauge, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Associate Professor Tony Joseph, Senior Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine and Director of Trauma (Emergency), Royal North Shore Hospital
  • Professor Jill White, Dean, Sydney Nursing School
  • Dr Teresa Anderson, Chief Executive Sydney Local Health District
  • Professor Iqbal Ramzan, Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Glenn Salkeld, Professor of Public Health, Head and Associate Dean, Sydney School of Public Health

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