Online course in Business & Management

Future-proofing the Health Workforce

Find out how to meet the challenges and opportunities that face tomorrow’s healthcare workforce.

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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Learn how to help build a more resilient, more effective healthcare workforce.

The health workforce is a critical building block in a strong healthcare system, but skills shortages are a problem across the world, particularly in rural and remote areas. So, how do we keep the health workforce current, motivated and properly distributed?

You’ll explore the current challenges in the healthcare workforce, and various approaches to attracting, training and retaining workers. You’ll cover a number of health workforce models, the role of the clinician leader, the complexities of an intergenerational workforce, and how to tackle the undersupply of health professionals.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsWhat makes the health work force different from any other workforce? What are the unique challenges and opportunities intrinsic to the health workforce? And how do we make sure that our people are prepared for the future? Hello, I'm Richard Olley, and together with my colleague, Sheree Lloyd, I'd like to welcome you to our course, future proofing the health workforce. The realities of tomorrow's health workforce and workplace are that location of work will vary widely, innovation will drive work processes, new generations will have different expectations, and dynamic and agile team structures will be the norm. So health workforce planning for the future is no longer an option, it's a necessity.

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 secondsIn this course, we'll introduce you to the contemporary issues and evidence-based strategies to future proof your health workforce. This course will be valuable to you in a range of practise settings, such as health services, policy delivery, and planning, primary or acute care, and aged and community care. The Griffith University Health Services management programme is the largest in Australia, and is highly recognised internationally. Our academics have senior health executive industry experience across all sectors of the health system. So come join with us, where some of the best minds in the industry answer the big question, how do we future proof the health workforce?

What topics will you cover?

  • Health workforce- our people are the future
  • Health workforce is a global concern
  • Clinicians as workforce leaders
  • Intergenerational workforce
  • Globally mobile workforce
  • Innovation and evidence based practice

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe health workforce and the role of the clinician manager/leader
  • Apply an evidence-based workforce model to a given case study
  • Discuss the complexities of an intergenerational and a globally mobile health workforce
  • Explore innovative and sustainable strategies to proof the health workforce

Who is the course for?

This course is of value to aspiring health service managers, and student healthcare workers. It would also be of use to active clinicians and policymakers.

This course has been endorsed by ACHSM. Completion of the course entitles eligible participants to claim six CPD points.

Who will you learn with?

Richard Olley

Richard Olley

Leadership is a choice - not a position (Stephen Covey)

Sheree Lloyd

Sheree Lloyd

Academic & health information manager. Experienced in leading teams & working with clinicians & managers to change and innovate in health.

Who developed the course?

Griffith University was created to be a different kind of university—challenging conventions, responding to trends and pioneering solutions through innovative teaching and research.

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