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Medical Practitioner Workforce Plan for Queensland

Ensuring we have a highly skilled medical practitioner workforce in the right numbers and in the right places to meet the future health needs of the Queensland community continues to be a key priority of the Department of Health.

Publicly released in 2017, the Medical Practitioner Workforce Plan for Queensland (MPWP4Q) is a 10-year plan with key initiatives and deliverables aimed at building, strengthening and growing Queensland’s medical practitioner workforce to reflect the health needs of local communities and the changing demographics of Queensland’s population.

The MPWP4Q was developed via a broad consultative process and is intended to be a living document. In conjunction with key stakeholders, the MPWP4Q is currently being reviewed to ensure it remains relevant, appropriate, and fit for purpose.

National Medical Workforce Strategy 2021-2031

In consultation with key stakeholders, including Queensland Health, the National Medical Workforce Strategy (2021-2031) has been developed by the Australian Government Department of Health to guide long-term medical workforce planning across Australia.

The 10-year strategy identifies achievable, practical actions to build a sustainable, highly trained medical workforce and will improve access to health care by supporting the right people to have the right skills, where they are needed most.

Priority areas and action items outlined in the strategy will inform the current review of the MPWP4Q.

A presentation delivered by Associate Professor Susan Wearne (Senior Medical Adviser, Health Workforce Division - Australian Government Department of Health) on the strategy’s priority areas and actions:


If you have any feedback or questions in relation to the MPWP4Q, please contact the Medical Advisory and Prevocational Accreditation Unit via email at

Last updated: 29 June 2022