Review of Australian Government Health Workforce Programs

Chapter 1: Review background

Page last updated: 24 May 2013

The review of Australian Government health workforce programs was announced as part of the 2012-13 Budget process.

The Acting Minister for Health Mark Butler announced the commencement of the review process on 27 September 2012, along with the Terms of Reference.

This is an independent review that has been carried out with secretariat support provided by the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA).

Terms of Reference

The objective of the review is to analyse and assess the appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of the programs and activities, and to ensure that they are aligned with Australia’s workforce priorities – actual and emerging health workforce issues and challenges – including those identified in Health Workforce Australia’s Health Workforce 2025 Report.

The review will:

  • analyse existing programs to ensure these are aligned with workforce priorities;
  • analyse existing rural health programs to ensure optimal service delivery;
  • analyse existing information and key stakeholder experiences to evaluate whether the objectives of current measures are being met and whether these programs could be improved;
  • provide opportunities for stakeholder consultation;
  • identify opportunities to better align measures with workforce priorities, including through modifications and amendments to existing measures, or development of new measures; and
  • provide advice to government about how to support the delivery of a high quality, well distributed optimally utilised and responsive health workforce.