Expression of Interest - O&G Workforce Working Group

11 May 2020

RANZCOG is seeking a diverse group of people with different experiences and ideas to join the O&G Workforce Working Group. The Working Group will support ongoing workforce planning initiatives by the College.
Chair of the Working Group, RANZCOG Vice-President Dr Benjamin Bopp said it was vital “the significant imbalance” in workforce supply, demand and training is addressed. “We owe our general practice, specialist trainees and new graduates a true picture of their career prospects after committing a significant part of their life for their qualification,” Dr Bopp said.
“The College recognises that professionally fulfilled practitioners are better positioned to provide quality patient care.”
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Expressions of Interest close at 11:59pm AEST Sunday, May 24.
Applications will be assessed by ensuring a diversity of members and trainees as listed within the Terms of Reference as well as the quality of responses to questions which form part of the application process.
Click here for further details about the Working Group, to download the Terms of Reference and to complete an application (Please note: you will need to login to my.RANZCOG).
The Working Group will meet four times a year, at least one of which is face-to-face, including one joint meeting per year with the New Zealand O&G Workforce Working Group.
For more information please contact RANZCOG’s STP Program and Funding Manager, Michelle Zhang on +61 3 9412 2979 or [email protected]
The main responsibilities of the Working Group include providing the RANZCOG Board with advice about the current state and trends of the O&G workforce around the following matters:
  • Scope of practice
  • Ageing of workforce
  • Distribution of workforce
Dr Bopp said: “The role of subspecialists and SIMGs in workforce contribution must also be taken into account.”
The Working Group will undertake workforce modelling and training pipelines, to enable the College to provide real-time recommendations to the Australian Government’s Medical Workforce Reform Advisory Committee (MWRAC) on a regular basis.
The Working Group will also provide the RANZCOG Board, Regional Fellows Committee and Diplomates Committee with ongoing recommendations in addressing the maldistribution of workforce in regional, rural and remote areas, and support RANZCOG in the development of targeted programs and initiatives to address maldistribution.
Working Group Deputy Chair, RANZCOG Diplomate Board Director Dr Judith Gardiner said: “The work of the group is important because there may be an uneven spread of skills. Obviously, a lot of the skill set is concentrated in the bigger cities where the main teaching hospitals are. That is appropriate because regional, rural and remote areas have those centres to send their more complicated cases, but the further out you go, there seems to be a reluctance of people to work in those areas. That leads to workforce shortages in those areas and the need for women to travel long distances to get appropriate care.”
National Medical Workforce Strategy

In Australia, the Federal Government is developing a National Medical Workforce Strategy to guide long-term collaborative medical workforce planning.

The Department of Health, working with the MWRAC and the Strategy Steering Committee, is aiming to have the final strategy endorsed by Health Ministers in early 2021.

Read more about the National Medical Workforce Strategy.



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