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People in Health

People in Health Summit and Awards

The People in Health Summit and Awards were held on 22 and 23 May 2014.  The event brought more than 500 stakeholders together to showcase best practice in health workforce initiatives and explore issues and opportunities for workforce learning and development across all health professions, and at all stages of a health career.

Stakeholders also took part in a consultation session to identify priorities for health workforce development in Victoria. These will help shape the direction of People in Health and its strategic framework.

As part of the Summit, individuals and health service organisations were recognised for excellence in health education, training and development at the People in Health Awards. View a full list of award recipients here

About People in Health

A skilled and effective health workforce is vital to delivering quality healthcare for all Victorians.

The Victorian Government has established the People in Health initiative, with a focus on supporting and strengthening Victoria’s health and mental health workforce, to meet the challenge of an ageing and growing population.

People in Health consolidates the government’s investment and commitment to ensuring Victoria’s health system remains at the forefront of best practice. It includes a record $238.3 million investment over four-years to boost training and development for the future health workforce.

Under People in Health, the government will ensure our health professionals continue to receive the best education and training by:

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT - People in Health launch
Dr Pradeep Philip, Secretary, Department of Health

As you all know the health sector is undergoing massive and rapid change.

The changing nature of the burden of disease,  the role of information, new technology, the changing expectation of our citizens are all having a transformative impact on our sector.

People in health will strengthen the way the Victorian government supports workforce development, at all stage of heath careers.  The initiative with ensure we have a safe, competent and innovative health workforce that delivers high quality patient care where it is needed most for a sustainable health system.

Today’s initiative offers us a unique chance to bring together a focus not just on workforce places across medical, nursing and allied, and across the continuum of education training.

But also a focus on improving quality, and importantly to build leadership in the sector.

David Davis MLC, Minister for Health

People in health will bring together for the first time Victoria’s investment in health workforce development, with a focus on strengthening the workforce across the career continuum.

Under this initiative a record $238.3 million will be invested over the next 4 years to support professional entry, early graduate and post graduate specialist positions.  By supporting health students to complete their placements, People in health will expand our capacity to train students, to meet the future requirements of patient centred care.

This includes the implementation of a world first, the best-practice clinical learning environment framework.  This framework will assist health services to continue to provide the right environment for high quality learning experiences.

People in health builds on Koolin Balit, the Victorian governments strategic directions for Aboriginal health, and will target nearly $8 million of this funding towards building a stronger skill set among Aboriginal health workers.

People in health will deliver world class clinical education and training in a range of settings in metropolitan, regional and rural areas to meet the healthcare needs of Victorians.

Prof. James Angus AO, Chair, Victorian Clinical Training Council

I am proud to say that I believe Victoria, has the best health system in Australia and is up there with the best in the world.  A large part of the success is due to the quality of the Victorian health workforce.  Which in turn is built from a capacity and quality of the initial training and continued development of each health professional throughout their career.

The quality of this training depends upon the mutual respect and partnership of the higher education sector and the health services sector.

The competition for training places, getting organised, and securing resources for the training network are best approached by the two sectors working together in partnership, to strengthen the Victorian health system, and ultimately making the health and higher education sectors together the stellar economic activity for Victoria.

Marcus Dripps, Ministerial Advisory Committee for Allied Health

The demand for allied health services will continue to increase with the aging population and the increasing burden of chronic disease.  The people in health initiative announced today will help to ensure that more allied health clinicians are trained and importantly supported to continue to develop throughout their careers to work to their full scope of practice in a range of roles and setting including in advanced and extended practice roles.

Adj. Prof Cheyne Chalmers, Ministerial Advisory Committee for Nursing and Midwifery

As a health sector we have undergone a paradigm shift in patient-centred care now asking our consumers and patients what matters to them, not just what’s the matter with you.  And we must remembers that in preparing our health workforce and taking our existing workforce forward we must ensure that the attributes of compassion and caring are not lost.

Our role as health leaders and policy makers is to enable the organic evolution of the health workforce, to be able to respond to the rapidly changing and diverse needs of our community.

We will need a whole of health, and supported by education, sector focus.  This will challenge us as leaders to be innovative and creative.  We will need serious commitment in terms of money and resources.  And I am especially pleased to see the commitment of our $238 million over the next four years.

Diagram showing career stages supported by People in Health, including Entry, Entry qualification, Employment and ongoing education, copetency-based learning/career opportunities

People in Health Initiatives

Supporting health students to complete their placement

Each year 35,000 Victorian health students take part in clinical training. To meet their clinical training needs, the People in Health initiative allocates funding across 88 public health services.

The 2013-14 State Budget provided an unprecedented level of investment in the clinical preparation of Victoria’s health students. The funding supports quality learning environments and will create an additional 200,000 clinical placement days over the next four years.

People in Health also invests in initiatives that expand Victoria’s capacity to train students and improve the quality of professional-entry health education including:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce

People in Health provides funding to train more Aboriginal people in nursing, allied health and management as well as supporting Aboriginal health students through training grants and cadetships.

A new Aboriginal early graduate program will be implemented from 2014, along with ongoing and accelerated support for mainstream, public and Aboriginal health services that target increases to the recruitment, retention and career pathway opportunities for Aboriginal health workers.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT - People in Health - Aboriginal Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Cadetship Program

Sarah Ong, Project Manager: Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship
My name is Sarah Ong and I’ve been a paediatric nurse and neonatal nurse at Monash Health and I’m currently managing the Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship program.
The primary aim of the program is to offer paid employment to Aboriginal undergraduate students whilst they are completing their degrees and prepare them for the workplace environment once they’ve graduated.
The program has been very successful this year. We’ve had four cadets from different universities throughout Victoria on board for the cadetship. Three of those cadets are now eligible to graduate and they are feeding into our graduate nurse program at Monash Health. They’ve successfully undergone interviews and applications for that process.
Ellie McLennan, Aboriginal Nursing Cadet
My name is Ellie McLennan. I’m a Yorta Yorta woman from the Shepparton area and I’ve been a part of the cadetship for six months on the paediatric ward. I decided to get into nursing because health has always been a large part of my family. My mum has worked in healthcare specifically Aboriginal healthcare - her entire career and my dad has just gotten into an Aboriginal wellbeing job. Seeing illness in my family and my community really inspired me to get into the healthcare system.
The cadetship is like a part-time job while I study nursing at Deakin. It just allows me to grow my clinical skills and understand the workings of a hospital.
Tim Druce, Aboriginal Nursing Cadet
Hi. I’m Tim. I’m part of the Aboriginal Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Cadetship at Monash Health.
My mother works in Allied Health and my grandparents worked in health as well for the armed forces. It sparked a bit of interest and then I’ve gone from there and run with it.
I’ve been involved in the cadetship at Monash Health for six months now and it has been fantastic. I feel like I’ve become more confident and more knowledgeable in my clinical area the emergency department. You go from getting lost between the car park and the front door to knowing the staff, knowing the clinical area and knowing a bit about what you’re doing. So it has been a great set up for a graduate year.
Sarah: I enjoy seeing the growth from the cadets. From seeing them at day one where they are questioning themselves and not sure about themselves within the hospital environment to finishing the cadetships wherby they are confident practitioners and they are enjoying their learning and they can’t wait to start their graduate years.
Ellie: I’d like to specialise in paediatric nursing and use the skills I’ve gained at Monash to go into rural and remote areas and promote good health in young, disadvantaged families.
Tim: I’d like to further my skills and eventually work in rural and remote health, meshing the emergency side of things and the cultural background and coming out and working in a remote community.
Sarah: My message to other potential candidates would be to be aware of programs that are available to you to support you whilst you’re doing your undergraduate placements and studies and to prepare you for your work life afterwards.

Supporting successful transition to the workforce

People in Health will continue to support health professionals entering the workforce, having provided supervised practice for more than 11,000 health professionals in their first years since 2010 across more than 70 public health services.

The 2013-14 State Budget allocated new funding to help grow graduate-entry and internship programs in public hospitals as well as in smaller community settings.

Strengthening and deepening knowledge and skills

People in Health will continue to provide support for doctors, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals to extend and broaden their skills. Support will continue for:

Supporting our specialist workforce

Since 2010, the Victorian Government has allocated over $27 million to develop our medical specialist workforce. The biggest focus on investment has been to support regional and rural areas, where $19 million has been expended to support 278 training positions in Victoria.

Additionally, $600,000 is being invested over the next three years to increase the state-wide availability of psychiatric advice to dual diagnosis teams.

Further information

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