Northern Australia health service delivery situational analysis

The aim of the Situational Analysis is to identify strategic long-term development and growth opportunities for the health sector in northern Australia, towards a goal of improving the health and prosperity of northern Australian communities.

The Situational Analysis is comprised of a series of outputs, namely: a literature review, export and demand analysis, SWOT analysis, research investment analysis, costing study and socialisation activities.

The project identified eight priority actions based on the findings of the desktop-based analysis and stakeholder consultations across the Queensland, Western Australia and Northern Territory health jurisdictions:

  1. Support and enhance formal education and training of a fit-for-purpose culturally competent health workforce across all health disciplines and elements of rural health training pipelines;
  2. Enhance professional support, career development and career pathways for rural health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce across all health disciplines;
  3. Establish a cross-jurisdictional northern Australian health system network as an independent body;
  4. Determine need and mechanisms to finance appropriate health service delivery models for rural and remote health service delivery;
  5. Improve local amenities and infrastructure across sectors to reduce effects of adverse social determinants on health outcomes;
  6. Undertake trials to develop and scale up place-based planning models;
  7. Strengthen and grow northern-led research capacity and funding; and
  8. Explore potential areas of export opportunity that deliver value for northern Australia.
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Edelman A, Grundy J, Moodley N, Larkins S, Topp SM, Atkinson D, Patel B, Strivens E, and Whittaker M.

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