Sustainable Workforce in the Midwest

WA Primary Health Alliance, through its Midwest Regional Clinical Committee developed a regional work plan in 2020 that focused on a theme, project or problem to which improved integration and collaboration would result in better outcomes for consumers of primary care in the region.
The primary focus of this plan was to better understand the gaps, challenges and requirements for workforce recruitment and retention with Geraldton in the fields of mental health and alcohol and other drugs (AOD). The aim of this activity was to identify and consider opportunities to attract, support and grow our own workforce, working in collaboration with other agencies to improve workforce recruitment and retention in Geraldton and the greater Midwest.

Based on the findings and recommendations outlined within the McCusker Centre report, WAPHA and the RCC have compiled a list of proposed activities that could be undertaken in order to achieve this aim, and now invite Midwest RCC members and key stakeholders to provide further feedback and consideration on what other activities could be implemented.

Once this information has been compiled, the RCC will review all suggested activities prior to endorsing and seeking a lead organisation(s) or collaborative to lead the initiatives moving forward.

A copy of the McCusker Centre Final Report and Proposed Activities can be found in the Resources tab.

WA Primary Health Alliance, through its Midwest Regional Clinical Committee developed a regional work plan in 2020 that focused on a theme, project or problem to which improved integration and collaboration would result in better outcomes for consumers of primary care in the region.
The primary focus of this plan was to better understand the gaps, challenges and requirements for workforce recruitment and retention with Geraldton in the fields of mental health and alcohol and other drugs (AOD). The aim of this activity was to identify and consider opportunities to attract, support and grow our own workforce, working in collaboration with other agencies to improve workforce recruitment and retention in Geraldton and the greater Midwest.

Based on the findings and recommendations outlined within the McCusker Centre report, WAPHA and the RCC have compiled a list of proposed activities that could be undertaken in order to achieve this aim, and now invite Midwest RCC members and key stakeholders to provide further feedback and consideration on what other activities could be implemented.

Once this information has been compiled, the RCC will review all suggested activities prior to endorsing and seeking a lead organisation(s) or collaborative to lead the initiatives moving forward.

A copy of the McCusker Centre Final Report and Proposed Activities can be found in the Resources tab.

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    4 months ago

    Access to view and add comment to this area of Primary Health Exchange is limited to members of the Midwest Regional Clinical Committee and invited stakeholders who were consulted as part of the Workforce Mapping exercise.

    This page aims to facilitate consultation and discussion where participants can share thoughts, ideas and ask questions in a safe and interactive environment.

    Below is a list of the key themes identified within the McCusker Centre report, as well as proposed recommendations and actions which may potentially assist to improve workforce recruitment and retention in the region.

    Please feel free to provide your feedback around these topics, or include your own suggestions within a new discussion.

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    • Students and professionals outside the region lacked awareness of the regional workforce opportunities they could gain
    • Overall lack of awareness and knowledge of career pathways in mental health and alcohol and other drugs, and what it entails
    • Professional development and supervision are extremely important factors for employees within these sectors
    • Lack of funding leading to organisations not reaching their full potential
    • Accommodation within Geraldton is becoming increasingly difficult to access

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    • Establish a Health Workforce Collaborative made up of key stakeholders to drive initiatives and activities that are outside the scope of the Midwest-Gascoyne Health Professionals Network (HPN)
    • Promote the use of a 'job opportunities' page on the HPN website to create a one stop shop for prospective employees
    • Create consistent onboarding/introductory packages for employees outside of the region including a list of career milestones and competencies they could accomplish
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    • Showcase stories of local health professionals in the region on the HPN social media platforms and investigate opportunities to replicate these stories into university publications or relevant professional bodies/networks
    • Promote the job opportunities page within the HPN website to universities and professional bodies/networks
    • Link the HPN website to the City of Greater Geraldton and other local government websites to promote the region and opportunities to prospective employees
    • Identify a regional champion to present to students at universities in Perth in order to promote the lifestyle and benefits of living in the regional locations
    • Create a marketing plan and introductory regional spiel for advertising positions available within the region
    • Create exclusive regional student placements to create competition in obtaining these positions
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    • Develop a formalised process for established groups and networks to request regional training
    • Partner with TAFE to bring more targeted and specific training opportunities relevant to the needs of the Midwest
    • Increase awareness of the HPN membership, as well as scholarships and bursaries available to people living in rural and remote locations
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    • Invest more energy and resources for career fairs in high schools, as well as organisations; high school; GUC and TAFE collaborations to bring awareness of opportunities/pathways they can take following high school
    • Develop formalised agreements between schools and CUG/TAFE/WACRH to commit to career fairs to showcase opportunities of need within the region
    • Support investigation and feasibility of replicating the Health and Medical Specialist Program in Midwest schools https://www.maneasc.wa.edu.au/health-medical-specialist-program/
    • Create mentoring opportunities from existing workforce and promote through HPN
    • GUC and TAFE to establish collaboratives with local health organisations to discuss the possibility of professionals delivering units/lectures which may give further exposure to the organisation and sector to which they're studying
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