Review of Australian Government Health Workforce Programs

Chapter 9: Opportunities for reform in program delivery and policy development

Page last updated: 24 May 2013

The analysis of programs and the stakeholder consultation undertaken as part of this review have highlighted a number of potential areas for reform in the administration of Commonwealth health workforce programs. This chapter will discuss recent reforms pursued by the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) to streamline its grants management processes, along with other areas for improvement, including ways of better integrating health workforce issues into broader health policy development.

This chapter also examines the roles, responsibilities and relationship between DoHA’s Health Workforce Division (HWD) and Health Workforce Australia (HWA), and the potential for better alignment.

Finally, this chapter examines the current arrangements for providing funding support for the operation of organisations representing health professionals. It summarises the activities undertaken by each of these stakeholder organisations, as identified in their funding agreements, and discusses a number of reforms that could be pursued to streamline the administration of this support.