In its submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs Inquiry into the Health Workforce Australia (Abolition) Bill, Catholic Health Australia commended the work of HWA in administration of clinical training funding for the non-government and private sectors and the establishment of long-term workforce planning, but said there was no reason to retain the functions of the agency. HWA should be replaced by a new national agreement for action on health workforce. Click here to read CHA's submission.

Catholic Health Australia has been a strong advocate of the work of Health Workforce Australia, and has been looking forward to seeing the development of policy and delivery of programs across workforce planning, policy and research; clinical education; innovation and reform; and the recruitment and retention of international health professionals.

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In its response to the National Health Workforce Taskforce Discussion Paper: Health Education & Training, Clinical Training -- Governance and Organisation, Catholic Health Australia made five key recommendations on how the new agency could operate most effectively.

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While acknowledging the importance of the National Health Workforce Taskforce's work to capture data and understand demand and capacity challenges in the health workforce, Catholic Health Australia said that is not sufficient. CHA argues a more efficient and appropriately funded process of clinical placements is essential of the success and transparency of the process.

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In this paper, Catholic Health Australia proposes the establishment of a National Health Workforce Commission that will take a long-term and system-wide approach to health workforce planning.

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