The Victorian Government is supporting local collaboration between health services and educators in central Victoria to increase the health workforce and meet the future health needs of the region.
Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas was in Bendigo to launch the Loddon Campaspe Health Sector and Skills Pathway Road Map – a new blueprint to help manage future demands on the region’s health workforce.
The Road Map will promote stronger links between industry, educators and training providers, and identify clear pathways for students and volunteers towards a qualification in areas including nursing, allied health, aboriginal healthcare, and aged care and disability.
The health sector is a vital and expanding area of economic activity for central Victoria and is the largest local employer, accounting for approximately 17,300 workers across the Loddon Campaspe region.
The Road Map predicts a significant increase in an ageing population over the next 15 years, putting extra demands on the health sector and shifting health care skills in demand from acute to chronic.
The Road Map highlights the importance of encouraging new and young workers to the sector to meet local skills demands.
Recommendations are drawn from extensive engagement with students, educators, trainers, current employees and industry professionals.
It was developed after the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership identified the growing need for skilled local workers within the sector and was made possible thanks to funding from the Loddon Mallee Regional Development Australia Committee.
The Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership will continue to work closely with industry, education and training stakeholders to activate the pathways road map over the coming months. To read the report visit rdv.vic.gov.au.
Source: Vic Government