HEALTHCARE – EOI submitted for ‘Attract, Connect, Stay’ Pilot Program

The first GROW Glen Innes THINK TANK was to review and participate in an opportunity to be a part of a new pilot program to address workforce shortages in regional communities.  Here is the extract for you to read and if you would like a copy of the EOI then please get in touch.

Workforce Challenges in the Rural Context
Catherine Cosgrave
Department of Rural Health, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne,
Docker St,Wangaratta, VIC 3677, Australia;; Tel.: +61-405-110-897
Received: 29 March 2020; Accepted: 12 April 2020; Published: 14 April 2020

Abstract: People living in rural places face unique challenges due to their geographic isolation and
often experience poorer health outcomes compared to people living in major cities. The struggle to
attract and retain an adequately-sized and skilled health workforce is a major contributing factor to
these health inequities. Health professionals’ decisions to stay or leave a rural position are multifaceted
involving personal, organisational, social and spatial aspects. While current rural health workforce
frameworks/models recognise the multidimensional and interrelated influences on retention, they are
often highly complex and do not easily support the development of strategic actions. An accessible
evidence-informed framework that addresses the complexity but presents the evidence in a manner
that is straightforward and supports the development of targeted evidence- and place-informed
retention strategies is required. The ‘Whole-of-Person Retention Improvement Framework’ (WoP-RIF)
has three domains: Workplace/Organisational, Role/Career and Community/Place. The necessary
pre-conditions for improving retention through strengthening job and personal satisfaction levels are
set out under each domain. TheWoP-RIF oers a person-centred, holistic structure that encourages
whole-of-community responses that address individual and workforce level needs. It is a significant
response to, and resource for, addressing avoidable rural health workforce turnover that rural health
services and communities can harness in-place.


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Next steps – We will hear if our EOI has been accepted on 9th August 2021