Debating health workforce innovation

Martin B Van Der Weyden
Med J Aust 2006; 184 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2006.tb00143.x
Published online: 6 February 2006

The profession should speak with one voice in the debate about task transfer

In mid December last year, a group of senior doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, hospital administrators and consumers in New South Wales publicly announced that they had had enough. So great was their frustration with the failure of the government to creatively confront the continuing workforce crisis in NSW public hospitals that they had banded together as the Hospital Reform Group to initiate open debate in the community and to find solutions. The media dubbed them the “health rebels”.1

  • Martin B Van Der Weyden

  • The Medical Journal of Australia, Sydney, NSW.


Competing interests:

I was an invited attendee at the Health Workforce Innovation Conference, Brisbane, 22–23 November 2005. The registration fee was waived.


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