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The new health care workforce: Future talent management

Research on behalf of the Bipartisan Policy Center, Health Care Workforce Initiative and its applicability to Australia


The new health care workforce: Future talent managementThe Australian healthcare system, like many worldwide, faces talent management challenges which call for new and distinctive skill sets, workers who think and operate differently, and leaders capable of managing in a fast-changing environment with both increased margin pressures and performance expectations.

This issue brief describes the health workforce lessons from the US, and will be of interest to Australian readers interested in the same questions:

  • How can the health care system best ensure there are enough professionals with the right skills to care for patients in the right place at the right time?
  • How to innovate approaches to educating and training a healthcare workforce to ensure increased demand for services is managed while cost reduced and quality improved?
  • How to forecast requirements when an understanding of workforce supply and demand is incomplete due to fragmented and inconsistent data collection, variance in methodological assumptions and rigour, and even differences in regulatory and educational context.

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