26 September 2023

New 10-year plan for WA health workforce

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Western Australia has a new plan to build up the State’s health workforce following the Medical Research Minister’s launch of it to promote health and medical research achievements, both at home and around the world, for the next 10 years.

Unveiled by the Minister, Stephen Dawson the WA Health and Medical Research Strategy 2023-2033 has been aimed to enhance research and commercial opportunities, support researchers and align the State’s vibrant health and medical research sector to create new opportunities.

Mr Dawson said the Strategy focused on translating good research into better outcomes for all Western Australians, and on growing WA’s talented research community.

He said that as a first for WA, the strategy identifies six priority areas including regional and remote health, Aboriginal health, precision medicine, digital health, consumer engagement and prevention.

“Western Australia is already home to some of the world’s best researchers and boasts significant areas of strength,” Mr Dawson said.

“By leveraging our State’s already robust research community in novel ways, we will ensure WA is well placed to meet demand for future healthcare services,” he said.

“We want to create an environment where our researchers have the tools they need to transform brilliant ideas into real change.”

He said western Australians could be assured that over the next decade, there will be “remarkable home-grown research developments” that will attract global attention.

Mr Dawson said that underpinning the Strategy was a focus on attracting local and international talent, collaboration and improving overall health outcomes throughout the WA community.

He said the research strategy, which was built on WA’s strong track record of achievements in medical research, was developed in consultation with the State’s health and medical research sector.

The 35-page Health and Medical Research Strategy 2023-2033 can be accessed at this PS News link.

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