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Health Workforce Australia
Health Workforce Australia has been established to address the challenges of providing a skilled, flexible and innovative health workforce that meets the needs of the Australian community. It was set up by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), which saw the need for a national, co-ordinated approach to health workforce reform.
HWA is a Commonwealth Statutory Authority and reports directly to the Australian Health Ministers' Conference (AHMC), which comprises the nine health ministers in each state, territory and the Commonwealth.
One of its aims is to devise solutions that integrate workforce planning, policy and reform with the necessary and complementary reforms to education and training.
HWA will directly advise AHMC and the health and higher education sectors on health workforce planning, policy and program initiatives, recruitment and training.
Our goal is to deliver research, policy and programs and to ensure that governments and industry leaders are informed, engaged and supported in equipping our health workforce to meet the current and future challenges.
HWA will develop policy and deliver programs across four main areas-workforce planning, policy and research; clinical education; innovation and reform of the health workforce; and the recruitment and retention of international health professionals.
HWA has already initiated a number of work programs as well as taking over the work program of the National Health Workforce Taskforce (NHWT). The NHWT was established by COAG in 2006 and was a time limited project based entity tasked with carrying out the roles of national workforce planning and research; education and training; and innovation and reform. For historical information on National Health Workforce Taskforce and other national workforce reforms, see the Australia's Health Workforce Online website.
HWA is a separate and unrelated entity to the recently established Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
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Clinical Education and Training Institute
The Clinical Education and Training Institute (CETI) is a Statutory Health Corporation established by the NSW government to promote excellence in clinical education and training.
CETI collaborates with universities, colleges, clinical leaders, hospitals, health services and the community to achieve better health through education, training and development of a clinical workforce that meets the healthcare needs of the people of NSW.
CETI innovates to improve communication, capacity and competency in health care by promoting blended learning approaches, including face-to-face teaching, simulation and e-learning.
Clinical Skills Development Service
The Clinical Skills Development Service (CSDS) is a branch of Queensland Health's Centre for Healthcare Improvement. Our vision is 'to be an international leader in achieving measurable improvement in healthcare quality through the use of simulation-based training and research'.
The hub of CSDS is the Skills Development Centre (SDC) in Herston, Brisbane which is one of the most technologically advanced medical simulation centres in the world. In addition to our face-to-face simulation training, we offer a range of eLearning courses.
We also support Pocket Simulation Centres (PSCs) throughout the state. PSCs are smaller simulation training centres located in individual departments or hospitals, which are operated by local staff. CSDS provides support to each PSC, including training staff and supplying and maintaining equipment. PSCs allow simulation training opportunities that are tailored to local needs.
Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand
Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand Inc (Medical Deans) is the peak body representing professional entry-level medical education, training and research in Australia and New Zealand. The organisation comprises the Deans of Australia's current 18 medical schools and the two New Zealand schools.
Medical Deans has a growing portfolio of responsibilities which reflects the increasing size and complexity of medical education. Its responsibilities encompass leadership and innovation in education and training, Indigenous Health, student enrichment, research, strategic partnerships across the education and training continuum, collaboration amongst medical schools and significant contributions to medical workforce planning. Medical Deans seeks to work in partnership with organisations from across the continuum, with students, Indigenous organisations and government.
As well as having an extensive representative and advocacy role, Medical Deans auspice a number of significant projects in relation to medical education including clinical training and workforce, Indigenous Health, the medical education continuum, competencies and benchmarking.
Clinical Excellence Commission
The Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) was established in 2004 to promote and support improved clinical care, safety and quality across the NSW health system. The primary responsibility of the CEC is to identify issues of a systemic nature that affect patient safety and clinical quality in the NSW health system and to develop and advise upon implementation strategies to address these issues. This role requires the CEC to evaluate the safety and quality of care, to advise the system in relation to its findings and to re-evaluate to determine the success of changes implemented.
In the five years since it was established, the CEC has demonstrated its value by identifying system-wide vulnerabilities and implementing clinical improvement projects. It has established a critical mass of staff with considerable experience and expertise in patient safety and clinical quality improvement. In performing these roles the CEC has been able to bridge the gaps between managers and clinicians through the development of clinical practice improvement projects, demonstrated its independence in reporting risks and vulnerabilities in patient care and has gained the trust and respect of clinicians working in the NSW health system.
Current CEC programs include:
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care was established by the Australian, State and Territory Governments to lead and coordinate national improvements in safety and quality.
A focus is on collaborative work in priorities of the health system that benefit from national coordination, including Australian Healthcare Rights, Patient Identification, Medication Safety, Falls Prevention Guidelines, Clinical Handover, Healthcare Associated Infection, Open Disclosure, Accreditation, Credentialling Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration and Information Strategies.
The Commission is also tasked with developing a National Safety and Quality Framework to improve the safety and quality of health care in the Australian health system.
Further information on the Commission's work program can be found at www.safetyandquality.gov.au.