Productivity Commission Final Workforce Report

26 Jan 2010

CRANAplus is encour­aged by the rec­om­men­da­tions to broad­en the scope of Medicare.

GP cen­tric mod­els have failed mis­er­ably in remote Aus­tralia, the new Medicare pro­pos­al has the poten­tial to strength­en essen­tial ele­ments of the pri­ma­ry health care team & improve the qual­i­ty of health care” said Mr Rod Wyber-Hugh­es, direc­tor of CRANA.

CRANAplus sees great ben­e­fit in nation­al reg­is­tra­tion stan­dards across the health dis­ci­plines. Impor­tant­ly, the adop­tion of nation­al reg­is­tra­tion for Abo­rig­i­nal Health workers.

In remote Aus­tralia, Abo­rig­i­nal Health Work­ers are cru­cial in devel­op­ing sus­tain­able health out­comes for the com­mu­ni­ty. How­ev­er, train­ing & edu­ca­tion varies great­ly across the states & ter­ri­to­ries, often at the expense of the com­mu­ni­ty health care.

Nation­al reg­is­tra­tion stan­dards, recog­ni­tion of pri­or learn­ing and clear career path­ways will def­i­nite­ly raise the pro­file and impor­tance of Abo­rig­i­nal Health work­ers,” said Mr Wyber-Hughes.

CRANAplus sup­ports oth­er rec­om­men­da­tions in the report & looks for­ward to par­tic­i­pat­ing in imple­ment­ing the pro­pos­als to pro­duce a more flex­i­ble and capa­ble workforce.