Department of Health and Human Services

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 together more than 500 stakeholders 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.

Over 90 abstract and poster presentations showcased the Victorian healthcare system’s capacity for innovation in education and training.  A number of presentations can be accessed here 

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

As part of the Summit, individuals, health service organisations and their education partners 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 People in Health initiative has been established to provide 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 invests in Victoria’s health system to ensure it remains at the forefront of best practice.

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

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People in Health policy initiative

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.

People in Health 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.

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

People in Health develops our medical specialist workforce to support regional and rural areas through supporting training positions in Victoria.

Additionally, funding will increase the state-wide availability of psychiatric advice to dual diagnosis teams.

Further information

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