Australia’s health system is founded on a quality workforce of skilled, capable health professionals.

The majority of these are educated in Australian universities. Universities Australia supports the sector in developing a strong health workforce as the foundation of our health services in Australia.

Advocacy and policy development

Universities Australia’s health policy and advocacy work involves working closely with many stakeholders across different portfolios, tiers of government, professional bodies and a range of other agencies across the Education, Health, Aged Care and Disability sectors.

Universities Australia consults with the sector in health policy advocacy through regular and frequent meetings with the Health Professions’ Education Standing Group (HPESG). The group comprises senior leaders across all university health professional disciplines as well as all jurisdictions.

HPESG is chaired by Universities Australia’s Lead Vice-Chancellor, Health. For 2019, this is Professor John Dewar.

Critical and ongoing policy and advocacy areas include: clinical education and training — especially clinical placements; health workforce planning; and professional accreditation.

The sector’s interests in health professional education are also represented through Universities Australia/HPESG representation on key committees. These currently include: The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority’s Teaching Training and Research Working Group; The Aged Services Industry Reference Committee and its Pathways and Tertiary Education sub-committee; and The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Accreditation Advisory Committee.

For further information contact Rachel Yates.