Half a million dollar boost to Gippsland’s Allied Health Workforce04/12/2019
New allied health programs at Federation University Australia’s Gippsland campus will be boosted by a $500,000 grant from the Victorian Government’s Regional Skills Fund.
The grant will contribute to state-of-the art facilities and delivery of allied health programs, starting with the new Occupational Therapy degree in 2020 and plans to include Physiotherapy in 2021.
Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced the funding at Latrobe Regional Hospital, which will be one of the training partners for students who enrol in the Federation University allied health programs.
Health and Community Services is Gippsland’s largest employment sector and the new courses are expected to produce between 30-60 fully qualified, workforce ready practitioners within four years.
Students will also contribute to current Allied Health services in Gippsland through their work placements each year with local providers – building on-the-ground clinical training experience from the outset.
The establishment of the new courses aims to reduce the shortage of allied health professionals across the region, which was identified as part of the 2016 Gippsland Regional Workforce Plan.
Following its release, the Victorian Government has been working proactively across government, health and community service providers, universities and TAFE Gippsland to facilitate an industry-led strategy to address skills shortages across the sector.
The new Gippsland’s Future Health and Community Services Workforce report is the result of broad ranging collaboration, and it backs the Victorian Government’s investment to support the development of Allied Health courses in Gippsland.
Commissioned by the Latrobe Valley Authority in partnership with Latrobe Regional Hospital and Latrobe City Council, Swinburne University of Technology were engaged to deliver the new report which also provides a framework for action to support the sector’s growth until 2036.
Currently, the healthcare and social assistance sector in Gippsland employs over 18,000 people and is expected to grow significantly in the coming years in line with demographic changes.
The report identifies how to harness future growth, and the new and diversified job opportunities that will result.
The Gippsland’s Future Health and Community Services Workforce is available at www.lva.vic.gov.au