Healthy North Coast implements initiatives to build the capacity of the primary health care workforce including:
- Primary Care Impact (quality improvement and programs)
- Professional development and networking events
- Practitioner Newsletters (news and events)
- Classifieds – free listing of primary health care provider job vacancies
- Workforce planning advocacy through liaison with local universities and regional training providers (GP Synergy) regarding medical student, pre-vocational doctor and GP Registrar placements
- GP registrar support – face-to-face visits and orientation packs
Professional Development Scholarships
NSW Rural Doctors Network’s Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) provides scholarships and bursaries to help health professionals in rural and remote Australia retain and enhance their skills, capacity and scope of practice.
North Coast Primary Health Care Workforce Profile
In 2017-18, Healthy North Coast implemented the North Coast Primary Health Care Workforce Project. The Project aimed to better understand the North Coast primary health care workforce.
The Workforce Project delivered on its objectives and developed the first known North Coast Primary Health Care Workforce Profile.
This profile reveals an estimated 6,200 primary health care professionals working in non-government services across 22 professions and 46 occupation titles.
The Project found strong local knowledge of:
- General practitioners (GPs)
- Practice nurses
- Occupational therapists
The Project identified local and national knowledge gaps for:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers and practitioners
- Mental health nurses
- Nurses working in residential aged care facilities
- Oral health professionals
- Social workers