Training for better health in regions

More funds: A range of training priorities has been identified by the Rural Health Workforce Strategy Committee in areas such as dental and midwifery.
More funds: A range of training priorities has been identified by the Rural Health Workforce Strategy Committee in areas such as dental and midwifery.

The health workforce across South Australia's regions is being bolstered through extra funding for training initiatives.

The State Government is supplying more than $300,000 which will be used to target a range of priorities which were identified by the Rural Health Workforce Strategy Committee.

Some of the initiatives will include:

  • $107,360 to train support workers in community-based aged care and disability programs
  • $80,000 for rural community nurses to manage complex clients
  • $74,867 for additional training for nursing and midwifery staff
  • $35,392 for workshops to highlight the benefits of rural dental careers
  • $21,000 to expand the skills of the allied health workforce in caring for older people
  • Additional $7000 for a campaign to attract junior doctors into the regions

Country Health SA executive director medical services Dr Hendrika Meyer said the funding would help attract and retain quality staff.

"It is vital that regional communities have the same access to high quality health services as metropolitan areas," Dr Meyer said.

"Our staff will be supported to continuously improve their skills through this additional training to care for our regional communities.

"We are working in collaboration with key stakeholders and the RHWS Steering Committee to develop the Rural Health Workforce Plan." Workshops will be held in the next 12 months to develop the plan with clinicians, health staff and community members.

This story Training for healthier regions first appeared on The Murray Valley Standard.