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Towards best practice in national health workforce planning

This is a republished version of an article previously published in MJA Open

National health workforce planning is not a new concept. In 1995, the Australian Medical Workforce Advisory Committee (AMWAC) was established under the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC) to “assist with the development of a more strategic focus on medical workforce planning in Australia”.1 In 2000, the Australian Health Workforce Advisory Committee (AHWAC) was established by AHMAC to oversee national-level, government-initiated health workforce planning in Australia, covering the nursing, midwifery and allied health workforces. Following a review of AHMAC workforce committees, AMWAC and AHWAC ceased operating in June 2006; however, at the same time, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to a significant national health workforce reform package which included the establishment of the National Health Workforce Taskforce (NHWT). The NHWT was a time-limited entity created to develop strategies to meet the National Health Workforce Strategic Framework outcomes.

Each of these organisations carried out national health workforce…