The Department of Health & Human Services has a number of health workforce strategies underway to ensure Victorians are well served with a well-educated and trained health and medical workforce. These include the following:

  • Alcohol and other drugs workforce strategy – This 10-year framework provides a long-term vision for alcohol and drug workforce planning and development targeted at Victoria’s drug and alcohol treatment sector. The plan sets priority activities to be undertaken to help people with drug or alcohol issues and their families.
  • Mental health workforce strategy – The strategy and implementation plans for mental health services workers provide clear direction about workforce planning and workforce development strategies and actions to help Victoria’s mental health workforce respond to significant reforms currently occurring in the mental health service system.
  • Well Placed. Well Prepared: Victoria’s strategic plan for clinical placements 2012–15 – Well Placed. Well Prepared is a roadmap for supporting and growing Victoria’s capacity to deliver high-quality clinical placements to health students by supporting innovation, enhancing capacity, improving quality and strengthening governance
  • People in Health – People in Health is designed to sustain a flexible and innovative Victorian health workforce that meets the community’s expectations of safe, timely and accessible health services through strengthening workforce development at all stages of health careers. The initiative identifies the mechanisms to provide a competent health workforce, ensuring the right numbers of health practitioners are in the right locations at the right time.
Koolin Balit Aboriginal health workforce plan 2014-2017 – The Koolin Balit: Aboriginal health workforce plan 2014-17 was released in September 2014. The plan identifies Victoria’s health workforce development priorities and the suite of initiatives that will ensure Aboriginal people have access to a range of career development and employment opportunities in health.