SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS
- Build on universities’ existing repositories of COVID knowledge to better understand long COVID. Support and utilise university research capability to do this.
- Incentivise and promote paid final year health student roles in health services.
- Bring educators, health services, regulators and the professions together to find ways that paid experience could count towards compulsory placements.
- Develop a primary health care teaching and training fund, similar to the Teaching Training and Research (TTR) fund that already exists for public hospitals/health services.
- Remove roadblocks to qualifying as a health worker:
– Build increased, sustainable health professional student placement capacity through policy support for university-health/care service partnership approaches; and
– Consider degree-apprenticeship models.
- Make it easier for current and former health workers to retrain and upskill:
– Introduce FEE-HELP for micro-credentials.
- Maintain a long-term outlook:
– Establish a national health workforce planning body