Responding to rural skills shortages : innovations using vocational education and training

Kilpatrick, Sue, Johns, Susan, Millar, Pat, Le, Quynh and Routley, Georgie 2006, Responding to rural skills shortages : innovations using vocational education and training, in GP & PHC Research Conference : Optimising impact, [Dept. of Rural Health, University of Tasmania], [Perth, W.A.].

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Title Responding to rural skills shortages : innovations using vocational education and training
Author(s) Kilpatrick, Sue
Johns, Susan
Millar, Pat
Le, Quynh
Routley, Georgie
Conference name GP & PHC Research Conference (2006 : Perth, W.A.)
Conference location Perth, W.A.
Conference dates 5-7 July 2006
Title of proceedings GP & PHC Research Conference : Optimising impact
Publication date 2006
Publisher [Dept. of Rural Health, University of Tasmania]
Place of publication [Perth, W.A.]
Summary Aims & Rationale/Objectives
To locate, analyse and make accessible innovative models of health training and service delivery that have been developed in response to a shortage of skills.

Drawing on a synthesis of Australian and international literature on innovative and effective models for addressing health skill shortages, 50 models were selected for further study. Models were also identified from nominations by key health sector stakeholders. Selected models represent diversity in terms of the nature of skill shortage addressed, barriers overcome in developing the model, health care specialisations, and customer groups.

Principal Findings
Rural and remote areas have become home to a set of innovative service delivery models. Models identified encompass local, regional and state/national responses. Local responses are usually single health service-training provider partnerships. Regional responses, the most numerous, tend to have a specific focus, such as training young people. A small number of holistic state or national responses, eg the skills ecosystem approach, address multiple barriers to health service provision. Typical barriers include unwillingness to risk-take, stakeholder differences, and entrenched workplace cultures. Enhancers include stakeholder commitment, community acceptance, and cultural fit.

Of particular interest is increasing numbers of therapy assistants to help address shortages of allied health professionals, and work to formalise their training, and develop standards of practice and policy. Other models likely to help address skill shortage amongst VET health workers focus on recruiting, supporting and training employees from a range of disadvantaged target groups, and on providing career paths with opportunities for staff to expand their skills. Such models are underpinned by nationally recognised qualifications, but each solution is targeted to a particular context in terms of the potential workforce and local need.
Language eng
Field of Research 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E3.1 Extract of paper
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