Issues related to Rural and Remote Health Workforce were discussed, developed and debated wholeheartedly at the Rural and Remote Clinical Network Forum held on the 30th November 2017 at the Royal International Conference Centre (RICC). Identifying those levers and sticks in the system that could be recognised as the "drivers" for change that can deliver to rural communities is important. It is often those steps being identified that allows health providers, communities, stakeholders and system managers to develop solutions addressing the needs of those rural communities under strain.
The forum was opened by the Deputy Director-General, Clinical Excellence Division, Dr John Wakefield PSM, who recognised the need to develop resilience models in rural communities, but also identified clear challenges which included, amongst others, current economic cycles and the ongoing nature of demographic isolation. Dr Wakefield was followed by speakers who were thought leaders and experts in their fields, who set the scene and informed the delegates of the issues affecting the rural health workforce in the current climate. Workforce strategies, consumer concerns, funding and workforce models and hypotheticals and workshops were some of the topics covered during the day.
The forum report contains full details of the day’s activity.