Health workforce

We support the development of a more sustainable health workforce and are developing a primary care workforce strategy.  

Download our Health Workforce Report Card Workforce Planning and Prioritisation

Creating a health system that is fit for the future includes considering Australia’s ageing population and rising rates of chronic disease and the pressure this puts on the health system.

We are responsible for planning, guiding and directing investment towards important primary services, while assisting a workforce that is increasingly required to manage the care of individuals with multiple and complex illnesses and pressing mental health, alcohol and other drugs problems.

Through our partnerships, WA Primary Health Alliance has developed innovative solutions to WA’s workforce challenges, particularly in expanding the scope of practice of the primary care workforce, building high performing practice teams, and considering digital solutions such as telehealth and online service delivery.

We are also focusing on role redesign, inter-professional training, multidisciplinary teams and shared care to address the shortages and maldistribution of key primary care professionals, including GPs.

As the operator of Western Australia’s three Primary Health Networks (PHNs) will play a key role in the distribution of the GP trainee workforce after being awarded a grant through the Australian Government’s Health Workforce Program. Find out more about our focus on WA’s future GP Workforce.

Practice support initiatives for our health workforce ensure that we are working closely with GPs, service providers, government and its agencies, and communities, to deliver better health, together.

Our cornerstone initiatives include:

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