The Marshall Government yesterday announced a further round of funding will be committed to training initiatives for the health workforce across regional South Australia.
The round will aim to improve health services in regional communities and provide further training opportunities, recruitment and retention initiatives as a part of the Rural Health Workforce Strategy.
The State Government has made a $20 million commitment to develop the rural workforce over four years.
Investments announced include:
- $107,360 to train community support workers in community-based aged care and disability programs
- $80,000 for rural community nurses to manage more complex clients
- $74,867 for additional training programs for nursing and midwifery staff
- $35,392 for dental workshops to highlight the benefits of rural dental careers
- $21,000 to expand the skills of the allied health workforce in caring for older people
- An additional $7,000 for a public campaign to attract junior doctors to work in the regions
Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said “More than $300,000 will be used to increase training opportunities for nurses and midwives, allied health staff, and community support workers, as well as encouraging the recruitment of junior doctors to our regions.
“We are empowering our staff to make the best decisions for their patients and we are investing in them to better support the health and wellbeing of all South Australians.” Says Mr. Wade.
Country Health SA’s Executive Director Medical Services, Dr. Hendrika Meyer says, it’s vital that regional communities have the same access to high-quality health services as metropolitan areas.
“Our staff will be supported to continuously improve their skills through this additional training to care for our regional communities." said Dr. Meyer
Workshops will be held over the next 12 months to develop the Rural Health Workforce Plan with clinicians, health staff, and community members.