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Local insights inform GP workforce need and training capacity in Queensland

06 November 2023
Workforce prioritisation and planning

From May to July this year, local PHN GP Workforce Planning and Prioritisation (GP WPP) program teams conducted over 900 consultations across the state to capture key data and workforce insights from local primary care stakeholders.

Brisbane North PHN is the lead agency in a Consortium comprising all seven Queensland PHNs working closely with the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care (DoHAC), the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) to assess and inform future GP and registrar workforce needs.

During this time our internal GP WPP team engaged 125 GPs and 120 practice managers in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region for 245 consultations.

The information captured during this consultative process has now been integrated with HeaDS UPP data to identify workforce need and training capacity (WN&TC) priorities, and form the basis of a local WN&TC report (the second delivered since the GP WPP program's inception in 2022).

Stakeholder forums were convened in August to test the report findings and recommendations for the region with GPs and primary care stakeholders.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have contributed to the GP WPP program to date, and look forward to opportunities for future collaboration in the coming months as we move into the next phase of work – exploring training pathways to ensure that our communities have a well distributed GP workforce now and into the future.

For further information about the work of Brisbane North PHN's GP WPP team, please contact Program Coordinator Paul Wallwork at gpworkforce@brisbanenorthphn.org.au.