CEO Message - October 2022

31 October 2022

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​September began with a gathering in our office for the unveiling of a special piece of artwork created for us by Wayne Martin, from Ngurambang Aboriginal Art. Wayne plays a big part in our GROW Rural Central Queensland student immersion programs and we were thrilled he was able to create this special painting to be displayed in our office. Read more about the evening by clicking below.

Artwork Unveiling

The Board of Directors met the following day to discuss the ongoing challenges of the lack of supply of sufficient remote and rural workforce to meet community needs along with variety of scheduled Workforce Summits.

Another highlight of the month was our inaugural GROW Rural North Queensland program, held from 9 to 11 September. The first GROW Rural event to be held in the North Queensland region, we visited Atherton, Ravenshoe and Mareeba. The 25 students participating in this three-year program were excited and enthusiastic as were the communities and health professionals involved.  Read more below.


We hosted the annual Health Workforce Stakeholder Group meeting in mid-September, where it was acknowledged that the current health workforce challenges were impacting many remote and rural communities, and the need for collaborative solutions at the federal, state and local levels were vital. Read the full review below.

HWSG Meeting 

We have been fortunate to be able to attend many conferences over the past few months including APNA Roadshow Cairns, Gundy Medical Muster, International Mental Health Conference, GPCE Brisbane, AIDA and RMA22. Our RWA team in South Australia also attended CRANAplus Conference on behalf of Health Workforce Scholarship Program nationally. We are grateful to be able to attend these events again in person, reconnect with colleagues and stakeholders and create further awareness of how HWQ can assist health professionals and students with our services. 

Conference Wrap Up Future Workforce at AIDA