WHO (2016) has published a report entitled Working for health and growth: investing in the health workforce. 1 Report of the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth. One of the ten recommendations to transform the health workforce for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relates to international migration. The recommendation is: Advance international recognition of health workers’ qualifications to optimize skills use, increase the benefits from and reduce the negative effects of health worker migration, and safeguard migrants’ rights. (p. 12) The assignment involves researching data on the level of reliance of Australia on international migration for the health workforce, the reasons for these developments, and whether the current policies adequately address the negative effects of health worker migration.
The assignment, to be presented in report format, should address each of the following questions:
1. How reliant is Australia at present on international health worker immigration to meet workforce supply? This 5section should include presentation of data on the proportion of the clinical health workforce by category (medical practitioners, nurses and midwives, dentists, pharmacists, other allied health) who have initial qualifications from overseas countries. It should also report the current status on each category of the clinical health workforce in terms of shortage, balance or oversupply. 2. What are the current Australian government policies on international health worker immigration? 3. What are the reasons historically for this development within Australia? 4. Are the current policies sustainable? 5. What changes should the Australian government consider implementing to reduce the negative effects of health worker migration?
Title: Workforce planning report
A healthy workforce is required to improve health care services in Australia. Immigration of international health care workforce is increasing continuously. This implies that Australia is reliant for foreign health workers immigration to meet workforce supply. Healthier workers increase productivity in the health care organsiations. Adequate health care services in the remote areas of Australia provides health care services to the people of the underprivileged areas. The policies of Australia are sustainable to attract the international health workers, which provide respect to the global health workers. These policies increase the economic growth of the country and also improve the health status of the population. To overcome the negative impact of the health worker migration, students who are eligible to work in this field are pursuing studies from the reputational Australian universities. This helps in increasing the opportunity for the country’s own skilled health care services.
This assignment focuses on identifying the reliantness of Australia towards migration workforce as well as emphasises to identify Australian Government policies in regards to international health worker migration. The report also investiges the sustainability of the current policies and the changes required to reduce health worker migration.
The demand for the international health worker is increasing day by day. World population grows, and people need quality health care. A strong workforce is necessary to improve health care services in Australia. Economic growth of the country depends upon the healthy population. Therefore, Australia invests more in the health system to recruit skilled workforces from an international level, which enhances the economic growth of the country. The employment of the health sector work increases by 48% means demands for the worldwide health workforce will increase continuously and creating a more job vacancy for the Health Worker. Lack of skilled health worker is created demand of the skilled international workforce, which promotes health security, economic growth and provide social protection.
The international health worker registered by the national accreditation and registration scheme (NARS) with the Australian medical board which is initiated by the Australian medical board in the year of 2010 at 1st July. The skilled medical practitioner supply is increased and the average annual growth is 1.6%, and skilled nurses and midwives number is increased in between the 25 to 34 age group is 51,686 to 65,099 and over 55 age group is increased from 63170 to 77068. The skilled dentist men workforces are increased by 62%, and skilled women dental therapists and health therapist are increased by 98% and 86% respectively (Oral health and dental care in Australia, 2015). Therefore, the number of registered skilled nurses is increasing, but there is a shortage of experienced midwives, it decreased by 21.2% between 2011 to 2015 (Nursing and midwifery workforce, 2015). The number of registered nurses increased by 11% but the number of enrolled nurses decreased by 0.8%. The supply of the skilled nurses and midwives are varied across the different areas, the percentage (12.1%) of the nurses in a remote area is very lowest from the expectation. So the services of the skilled nurses are balanced, but the services of the skilled midwives are a shortage in the amount. The supply of medical practitioners are higher and maintain the balance to support the health care of Australia and also most skilled dentists employed in significant cities in the rate of 80.0%, but in the remote area, the percentage rate is only 0.9% (Medical practitioners workforce, 2015). Therefore, the major cities have the highest rate means an oversupply of dental therapists. So, it is concluded that immigration of international health care workforce is increasing continuously; it says Australia increases reliantness for immigration of international health care workforce to meet health care workforce supply in the country.
The right health care job for the skilled health care workforce. Australia government set some policies on global health worker. These are as follows.
This development is needed to improve the health care section of Australia. The strong healthcare workforces are needed to deliver quality health services to the people of the country, and the skilled workforce is provided social health care security to the people, and it indirectly helps to increases the economic growth of the country. The development in the health care services playing a vital role to achieve improvements in health care services, the health sector delivers economic value like through establishing infrastructure and by supplying innovative technologies and building performance and skills of the health care workforces by providing proper education and training which means it also create more vacancy in different job section, it means it increases the economic growth of the country (Siyam, & Dal poz, 2014). Effective health care workforce is provided health security and provides social protection to the people of the country. Healthier workers increase productivity, adequate health care services are spreading the health care services in the remote areas of Australia which means by developing the health care services of the country, it also provides health care services to the peoples of the impoverished areas and involves the considerable population to provides proper services for the country. Australia increases the recruiting of the international skilled health care workforce to improve the entire system of country health care services and the investment in the social and health care services are returning a huge profit. This investment id the productive investment for the country which helps to provides efficient social outcomes increases the economic growth of the country. The suitable, appropriate policies are helping to improve the skill of the international health care workforces which provides long term profits for the country. These are reasoned this development within Australia (Migration of Health Workers, 2016).
The current policies to improve the health care services of the country are sustainable to recruit more international health workforce. The low skilled health care workforces are decreases the quality services to the people of the country. So, Australia decided to recruit the international health workers by providing a facility for the immigration and provides proper training to improve there personal skill and performances and also recruit the health care services to the underprivileged areas to gain more knowledge. These policies are helping to attract international health worker. Australia increases the job vacancy in health care services. The recruit of medical practitioners has increased by 1.6% percent annually and also the number of registered nurses increased by 11% which create more vacancy for the health care services and provides more opportunity to the international health care workers (Migration of Health Workers, 2016) Australia provides practical training and guidance courses for the international health care workers which attracts the skilled international workforces, this training services increases the sustainability in the job and provides proper job security and also helps to get growth in the profession. This world-class training service in the country is attracting more international workers. IOM stated that well managed and well-structured migration of the international health workers plan a vital role to improve the economic state of the country (Siyam, & Dal poz, 2014). So, improving the chances of the migration helps to develop the overall health care services of the country and spreads social security to the people of the country . the policies of Australia should be developed to provides proper services to the international health workers who provide useful services to the country.
There is also a negative impact of the huge recruitment of the international healthcare workforce which it decreases the opportunity for the own country skilled health care workforce who have completed the study from an Australian university, but it is challenging to get chance in the health care services due to the massive number of international workforce recruitment. Also, the global economic downturn creates an impact on the migration; the skilled international workforces are attracted by the high salaries, so the global economic downturn reduces the salary percentage which is not acceptable for the migrating people. So the international workforces are rejected to provide proper services to the health care system of the country (Medical practitioners workforce, 2015). So, to overcome these negative impact of the health worker migration by increasing the opportunity for the country’s own skilled health care services students who are eligible to work in this field and complete the study from the reputational Australian universities. Also providing proper training and guidance to the own country’s students to improve the skill of the health care services and provides an opportunity to improves the performance services. It also reduces the negatives effects of the health care migration by decreasing the percentages of the recruitment of the international health care worker like 30% of the recruitment are conducted by recruiting international skilled workers. On the other hand, 70% recruitment is conducted from the Australian country’s students which helps to reduce the negative effect of the health worker migration. It also increases the opportunities of the country’s students to improve the skill and to show competence to improve the health care services of the country which helps to improves the economic growth of the country (Siyam, & Dal poz, 2014).
From the above analysist, it becomes clear that the policies of Australia are sustainable to attract the international health workers who provide respect to the international health workers and this policies increase the economic growth of the country and also improve the health status of every level of the people.