Health Workforce Innovation Conference

Peter M Brooks and Niki Ellis
Med J Aust 2006; 184 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2006.tb00146.x
Published online: 6 February 2006

We need to create a range of new health practitioners who can deliver patient-friendly care

On 22 and 23 November 2005, some 200 health professionals, including doctors, nurses and other health professionals, met in Brisbane to discuss education and training issues for the future health workforce. The meeting, sponsored by the University of Queensland and Queensland Health, accepted that providing health care for an ageing population afflicted with chronic disease requires a health workforce that is more flexible, mobile and multiskilled than our current one, and this will require creative thinking about future workforce requirements. Key issues addressed at the meeting included:

  • 1 University of Queensland, Royal Brisbane Hospital, Herston, QLD.
  • 2 Centre for Military and Veterans' Health, University of Queensland, Herston, QLD.


Competing interests:

None identified.

  • 1. Laurent M, Hermens R, Braspenning J, et al. Substitution of doctors by nurses in primary care. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2005; (2): CD001271.
  • 2. Australian Government Productivity Commission. Australia’s health workforce. Position paper. Canberra: Productivity Commission, 2005. Avail-able at: (accessed Dec 2005).


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