Topic: WA Workforce and Health System
Health services in Western Australia (WA) are faced with many challenges including a rapidly growing and ageing population with longer life-expectancy, and an increasing burden of chronic conditions driving a growing demand for healthcare services. These challenges are coupled with a medical workforce shortfall, a lack of absolute and relative medical practitioner numbers required and an inequitable distribution of medical practitioners across regions and specialties.
WA Health Medical Workforce Report in 2016 highlighted the medical workforce issues faced by the WA health system. An overall estimated shortfall of 1,450 medical practitioners across all medical specialties in WA was projected by 2025. Estimated WA trained specialist supply will not meet demand in 18 specialties by 2025 with the resulting risk of not being able to meet health service needs and compromising safety and quality of care. This included significant projected shortfall of 974 general practitioners. In addition, psychiatry has been identified as a specialty that is in undersupply nationally. WA has even fewer psychiatrists per 100000 population (12.7) compared with the national average (13.7). The critical shortage of psychiatrists in WA is even more marked in rural, regional and remote areas. Action is required to address this in order to meet the needs of people in WA and to deliver reform to mental health services.
Reliance on international medical graduates (IMGs) will continue to address short to medium-term shortfalls for the system but CoVID has worsened the situation.
Without intervention, based on current trends, supply will be insufficient to meet projected healthcare needs in those specialties. How can the WA Government collaborate with the sector to ensure the future of the workforce?
Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson BA MLA, WA Minister for Health and Mental Health;
Dr Sophie Davison, Chief Medical Officer, Mental Health;
Angela Kelly, Acting Deputy General, WA Health;
Closed/ Open: Open
Max No. of Attendees: N/A
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Topic: Disrupting Status Quo
The Private Health insurance industry is tightly coupled with providing long term sustainable care to meet Australia’s health care needs. With a variety of reforms targeting spiralling costs and the disruptions on elective surgery waiting lists during the Pandemic the time for disruption is now. Join Dr Rachel David CEO of Private Health Australia and Carmel Monaghan CEO of Ramsay Australia to hear how the industry is navigating the return to the new normal. Hosted by Dr Omar Khorshid, AMA Federal President 2020-2022, this session will explore how the industry is reforming whilst ensuring the needs of patients and the clinicians who deliver the care remain at the forefront.
Presented by: The Australian Medical Association, Private Healthcare Australia & Ramsay Healthcare
Dr Rachel David, Chief Executive Officer, Private Healthcare Australia;
Carmel Monaghan, Chief Executive Officer, Ramsay Healthcare;
Dr Omar Khorshid, President, Australian Medical Association;
Topic: Faster Treatment, Medically Guided Recovery, 24 Hour Payments and Better Outcomes in Personal Injury
Join Rod Whithear, Chief Executive of the Insurance Commission of WA as he explains plans to engage the medical professions to improve service delivery and facilitate early treatment for people injured in car accidents and Government workplaces.
Presented by: Insurance Commission of WA
Rod Whithear, Chief Executive of the Insurance Commission of WA
Topic: The Future is Now
The world has changed and COVID 19 has accelerated the adoption of digital health at a faster pace than ever before. Early investments in Australia’s digital health infrastructure and rapid innovation in the private sector has delivered a unique opportunity of how digital health can improve the quality and access to healthcare in Australia. Join Dr Steve Hambleton Chief Clinical Advisor to the Australian Digital Health Agency, Ms Bettina Mcmahon CEO of Health Direct and Ms Monica Trujillo Chief Health Officer at Telstra Health to hear how the public, private and consumer sector is entering a new era of connectivity and interoperability underpinned by increased access to telehealth services and a changing funding model to deliver care into the future. Hosted by Dr Marcus Tan, CEO of Health Engine this session will provide an insight on what’s to come as the industry shifts into rapid adoption of new technologies and models of care.
Presented by: Australian Digital Health Agency
Dr Steve Hambleton, Chief Clinical Advisor, Australian Digital Health Agency;
Ms Bettina McMahon, Chief Executive Officer, Healthdirect Australia;
Dr Monica Trujillo, Chief Health Officer, Telstra Health;
Dr Marcus Tan, Founder, CEO & Medical Director at HealthEngine;
Topic: Pandemic Life in General Practice and Beyond
General Practice is evolving and so are practitioners and practices. COVID and telehealth are reshaping how practice owners and GPs are setting up their practices to reorient to the new normal whilst balancing the needs of clinicians, patients and the environment. Whilst workforce shortages, high patient expectations and unprecedented demand for services is likely to continue into the future it has never been more important for practices to be agile in how they work. Join Dr Mary Wyatt and Dr Todd Cameron as they share their journey in setting up and supporting GPs and practices to run General Practices and ensuring the best outcomes for their staff, clinicians, patients and the community.
Dr Mary Wyatt, General Practitioner, Owner, Next Practice;
Dr Todd Cameron, General Practitioner, Founder, Scale My Clinic;
Summary: MEDBALL22 is the premier formal health social event of the year. Held at the Crown Perth, this black -tie event is your chance to dress in your finest, dance shoes in tow, at a night of nights with friends and colleagues. Enjoy a lavish three-course dining, entertainment and make memories to last a lifetime.
Presented by: AMA(WA)
When: Saturday 23 July
Time: 6.45pm – 12.00am
Where: Crown Ballroom