More people are living and working in rural Victoria. Rural health practice is varied and complex, and there is a need to develop a rural health workforce. There are a number of government initiatives to help recruit health professionals to medical, nursing and allied health services in regional areas in Victoria.
- Allied Health Regional Workforce Development – This initiative promotes allied health careers in rural and regional Victoria by building regional capacity and coordination for allied health workforce recruitment and retention, and through providing professional support including professional development and a mentoring program.
- Rural medical workforce – The Department of Health & Human Services offers a range of funding programs to support rural health education and training and encourage rural recruitment and retention.
- Nursing and Midwifery Workforce – Funding is available to attract and retain nursing and midwifery graduates in rural areas of Victoria. Postgraduate midwifery studies scholarships are available for rural registered nurses. Grants for Enrolled Nurses are available to assist public health services to increase skills in the enrolled nurse workforce.