Unis Aus on practical workforce planning

On Sunday Vic Premier Daniel Andrews announced the state will fund study for 10 000 nursing and midwifery students

Which was nice, but where are the training places they will need for professional registration, experts asked.

Good question. Thus Universities Australia called yesterday for, “for an expansion of clinical placements available to students studying health-related degrees to maintain and grow Australia’s health workforce.”

As UA’s Catriona Jackson puts it, ““Universities cannot produce more health graduates unless health services open up more clinical placements so people can complete their training.”

It’s part of UA’s “here to help” strategy ahead of the Jobs and Skills Summit – it has also proposed longer classroom placements for teacher education students “to make them more productive sooner,” (CMM August 8)