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Medical Practitioner Workforce Plan for Queensland

The Medical Practitioner Workforce Plan for Queensland (MPWP4Q) was publicly released by the former Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Service in 2017.

The 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 consultation process. Key partners and stakeholders provided a diagnostic review of available medical workforce data, the current policy landscape, and the challenges facing the medical workforce.

It is intended to be a living document and will be reviewed regularly in conjunction with stakeholders to ensure it remains relevant, appropriate, and fit for purpose.

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 is a priority of the Department of Health.

Funding opportunity process

For the first phase of the plan, $9.4 million was committed over three years to progress the initial strategic priorities and associated initiatives identified in the MPWP4Q. Further funding of approximately $3.3 million per annum for three years has been committed for the next phase of the plan commencing in the 2020-21 financial year.

The Queensland Department of Health is currently seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from both internal and external stakeholders for funding to develop initiatives to be implemented under the second phase of the plan over the 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23 financial years.

In particular, the department is seeking EOIs which aim to improve medical workforce distribution by attracting medical practitioners to train and work in rural and remote locations, or in specialties which are in, or at risk of, shortage. The department is also seeking initiatives which will provide support for the mental, physical and/or social wellbeing of the medical practitioner workforce.

EOIs will be assessed on their merits by an Assessment Committee comprised of representatives from the Medical Workforce Advisory Group to ensure they meet eligibility and assessment criteria requirements.

Copies of the Funding Opportunity Guidelines and EOI template are available at the below links. For further information about the application process, or to submit an EOI, please contact the Medical Advisory and Prevocational Accreditation Unit.

Telephone: (07) 3708 5300

EOI period opens: 27 May 2019

EOI period closes: 5 July 2019

Last updated: 26 July 2019