CEO Message - April 2024

30 April 2024

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We were pleased to begin the year with the launch of Going Rural North in early February. This is a bursary available for nursing, midwifery, allied health and dentistry university students interested in going on placement in North Queensland. You can read more in this issue of Health Works.

Going Rural North

On 5 April, 2024, Health Workforce Queensland signed an engagement protocol with the Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) as a commitment to work together to address the workforce challenges facing North Queensland.

One of these challenges is maternal and child healthcare and we are excited to launch the new Maternal and Child Health Uplift Program which provides financial support to Northern Queensland's primary care providers to access education and training in this area.

Maternal and Child Health Program

We are pleased to share news about the Gladstone Health Education Pathways Working Group and recent workshop held this month. Read all about it in the article below.

Gladstone Working Group

The inaugural cohort of university health students has just completed their third year together, engaging with communities in and around Atherton and Mareeba as part of the GROW Rural North Queensland (NQ) initiative. We express our heartfelt gratitude for the support of NQPHN, the dedicated communities and healthcare professionals whose passion have contributed to the success of this event. A comprehensive overview of GROW Rural NQ will be published on our website in the coming weeks.

The launch of Healthy Outback Communities, a new health and wellbeing program for Western Queensland’s channel country, took place on 27 April, with a community day in Windorah. We are proud to be part of the Alliance, with Western Queensland Primary Health Network, to bring this program to realisation.

Lastly, the RDAQ 2024 Conference is fast approaching, and we are looking forward to reconnecting with friends and colleagues in June in Brisbane. See you there!

Health Works #28

Chris Mitchell,
CEO, Health Workforce Queensland