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The Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek has released the final report of the independent review into Australian Government's health workforce programs. The report makes 87 recommendations covering Commonwealth programs that target the medical, dental, allied health, nursing and midwifery and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforces.
‘The report has raised a number of critical issues covering our health workforce programs and key reform areas. We will now carefully consider all the recommendations and any potential implications they may have,' she said.
Ms Plibersek said the Government will also develop a model for a new and more integrated rural training pathway for medical graduates, with the potential to extend this approach to other health disciplines. This model will be designed to build on the Government's existing rural health training initiatives so that students who are interested in a career in rural health have a more seamless transition between their education, training and employment.
Source: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)