Priorities for Health, Community Services

The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia), September 3, 2013 | Go to article overview

Priorities for Health, Community Services


QUEENSLAND'S largest employing sector launched its annual report at a forum in Toowoomba detailing key analysis of the health and community services industry.

The Health and Community Services Industry Skills and Workforce Development Report 2013 produced by the Workforce Council features key details about the industry, including current trends, training profiles, forecast demand, drivers impacting on skilling and workforce development and priorities for the future planning of the workforce.

Workforce Council executive director Wallis Westbrook said the data, analysis and recommendations contained within the report further highlighted the importance to the economy of ensuring that in Queensland we continued to recruit, develop and upskill the health and community services workforce.

"Whether it is registered nurses, child- care workers, aged and disability carers, dental assistants, physiotherapists, general practitioners or pharmacists, they make up the 290,000 people employed in essential services across the health and community services industry each day in Queensland," Mr Westbrook said.

"As all Queenslanders access and rely upon health and community services it is unsurprising that it will contribute almost one in four new jobs throughout the state over the next five years, or approximately 52,400 new jobs by the end of 2017. …

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