Health workforce

The Government is committed to ensuring Australia has a world class health system, supported by a highly trained, qualified and well distributed health workforce.

Page last updated: 28 February 2019

Health Workforce programs include activities that will:

  • strengthen workforce planning and address health workforce shortages in rural and remote areas with targeted workforce incentives and outreach programs
  • ensure a capable and qualified workforce through increased training opportunities and retention
  • provide support to doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals
  • improve access to health services for all people living in regional, rural and remote Australia
  • support the indigenous health workforce to ensure the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are addressed.

Programs - A-Z list of health workforce programs

Health Workforce Data - Links to the Department’s online data tabulation tool for health workforce data and information about available datasets.

National Medical Workforce Strategy - A National Medical Workforce Strategy (the Strategy) is being developed to guide long-term collaborative medical workforce planning across Australia.

Stronger Rural Health Strategy - Updates, programs, factsheets and information about the Strategy

Health Workforce Update – E-Newsletter for updates on Health workforce programs and initiatives

Other Medical Practitioners programs (OMPs) - Updates and information about the OMPs

Section 19AA and Section 19AB - Updates, information, factsheets and links regarding the 19AA and 19AB

Workforce Incentive Program - Updates, information, factsheets regarding the Workforce Incentive Program

Legislation to cut red tape for GPs - Updates on changes to the Health Insurance Act 1973 to simplify the recognition of General Practitioners as specialists.

Further information

Resources - publications, research and reviews related to Australia's health workforce.

Links - links to websites that may contain useful information for those working, or interested in working, as a health professional in Australia.