We drive collaboration, advocacy and support
to increase clinical education and training,
clinical placements and workforce initiatives
across the geographical area.
Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Territory Department of Health read more..
Over the next 30 years, Greater Northern Australian will become an increasing important driver for the Australian economy by virtue of its significant natural resources, social and cultural diversity, its academic and intellectual capital and its footprint within the fast growing global region – the tropics.
Greater Northern Australia represents the vast top-half of Australia that is predominantly rural and remote, with only 4 major population centres with over 100,000 people. While there are differences across Northern WA, QLD and the Northern Territory, the challenges and obstacles in the provision of health care are similar in that the health workforce is not equitably distributed.Show More ▼
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) announced a number of health workforce reforms at its 29 November 2008 meeting, several of which focused on clinical education and training. These reforms are being progressed by the Commonwealth statutory authority, Health Workforce Australia (HWA).
The Australian Health Ministers' Conference (AHMC) meeting of 22 April 2010 provided endorsement for HWA to establish, as one of these bodies of work, Integrated Regional Clinical Training Networks (IRCTNs). The purpose of the IRCTNs is to promote access to clinical placements, facilitate reporting of clinical training activity, strengthen collaborations between stakeholders, and source new placement opportunities.Show More ▼
In principle the Greater Northern Australia (GNA) will broadly be defined as north of the Tropic of Capricorn, however pragmatically GNARTN will extend from Rockhampton Hospital and Health Service as the southern border in Queensland, include the entire Northern Territory, and including the township of Carnarvon as the southern border in Western Australia.
The primary role of the GNARTN is to drive collaboration, advocacy and support to increase clinical education and training, clinical placements and workforce initiatives across the geographical area. The GNARTN will be proactive, action focussed and needs based. It will operate within the contractual boundaries and the directives provided by the jurisdictions Director Generals and Chief Executive Officer.
A key objective of the GNARTN will be to draw on existing clinical workforce initiatives, such as those provided by Health Workforce Australia, to enable better coordination, communication, collaboration and consistency across the GNA area.
The initial primary functions to be addressed by the Greater Northern Australia Regional Training Network include: