NQPHN supports GPs and other primary health care providers and their teams to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time.
Access to a flexible, skilled, and culturally competent workforce is paramount due to:
- NQPHN’s geographical diversity and remoteness
- the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- chronic and complex disease burdens of older populations.
Professional development activities are designed and delivered locally, based on local need and informed by population health data.
These activities aim to:
- build capacity and skills that support continuous and coordinated care management of chronic and complex conditions
- support general practice and other healthcare providers through workforce development and networking opportunities to maintain quality care and best practice in primary health care
- provide opportunities to access high-quality education and training that supports the maintenance of qualifications, adoption of new models of care, and health reforms
- encourage internal and external partnerships that facilitate performance accountability and quality improvement cultures
- innovate service delivery to address impacts of workforce and skills shortages on vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations
- inform career pathways and specialty skills aligned to industry need and service capability, including uptake of continuing professional development and postgraduate studies
- ensure the local primary health workforce has suitable cultural and clinical skills to address the health needs of the NQPHN region.