Victoria's health workforce is critical to the overall success of the state's health system. The Department of Health values the contributions made by all health professionals to shape Victoria's healthcare system.
The ageing population and increasing burden of chronic disease present new challenges to health service delivery in Victoria. Similarly, evolving technologies and models of healthcare also generate new opportunities for us to develop and grow our health system for the future.
Worker health and wellbeing in Victorian health services
The department supports the health and wellbeing of healthcare workers in Victoria with initiatives to address bullying and harassment, and occupational violence and aggression.
Aboriginal health workforce
Health skills are in high demand and taking on health as a career is empowering Aboriginal people and helping them to build better relationships.
Nursing and midwifery
There are career advancement opportunities and postgraduate nursing scholarships for nurses in Victoria who want to upgrade their skills
Medical workforce in Victoria
Access to vocational, training and ongoing professional development support across the full careers cycle for the medical workforce.
Allied health workforce
Allied health is a collective term that covers a wide range of health professions, from physiotherapy to pharmacy to psychology.
The terms and conditions of employment of the employees of Victorian public health services are typically established by way of collective enterprise bargaining.
Health information workforce
Roles include health information managers, clinical coders, health data analysts, clinical costing experts, health IT specialists and health informatics specialists.
Working in health
The department recruits health professionals to metropolitan and rural areas, encourages nurses back to work and facilitates workplace safety.
Health workforce governance
The department provides governance of the health workforce to ensure quality public health services are delivered to Victorians.
Workforce regulatory reform
The Workforce Regulatory Reform Unit focuses on occupational licensing laws that regulate the practice of healthcare workers in Victoria.
Strategy and planning
The department has a number of public health workforce strategies and is also implementing workforce planning initiatives for health workforce development.
Health Workforce Innovation and Reform
The department supports innovative approaches to health reform and workforce innovation and the development and utilisation of Victoria’s health workforce.
Reviewed 25 October 2021