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Health Workforce

The aim of the Australian and New Zealand health workforce is to provide effective and safe quality care that improves the health and wellbeing of their respective communities. A number of concentrated efforts are being undertaken to look at workforce planning and development.

Further information on Health Workforce and Physicians

Senate Inquiry into the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Agency's (AHPRA's) performance

On 23 March 2011 the Senate referred the issue of AHPRA's performance to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for Inquiry and Report. The College participated in the Inquiry by way of a written submission. The College's submission received specific mention in the report.

House of Representatives Inquiry into Registration Processes and Support for Overseas Trained Doctors

On Tuesday 23 November 2010, the House Standing Committee on Health and Ageing was directed to inquire into and report on Registration Processes and Support for Overseas Trained Doctors. The College participated in the Inquiry by way of a written submission and by appearing at the public hearing on 25 February 2011. The RACP made six recommendations to the Committee, four of which were adopted. This factsheet outlines the recommendations.


Australian Submissions 

New Zealand Submissions

External Organisations and Links

Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA)

In 2008, The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) signed an intergovernmental agreement to establish a National Registration and Accreditation Scheme in Australia.  The Scheme, which is implemented by AHPRA, aims to provide greater portability of the health professions, reduce red tape and provide a more responsive and sustainable workforce. AHPRA's operations are governed by the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009, which came into effect on 1 July 2010.

The Medical Board of Australia, which also came into existence on 1 July 2010, is a national board supported by AHPRA. The Medical Board of Australia has issued a number of registration standards, codes and guidelines. During the period leading up to the creation of the Medical Board of Australia, the College made a number of submissions on various aspects of the reforms (only a selection of these are included on this page).

Health Workforce Australia

Health Workforce Australia is a Commonwealth statutory authority set up by COAG in order to provide a national, co-ordinated approach to workforce planning. It reports to the Australian Health Ministers’ Conference (AHMC), which comprises the health ministers in each state, territory, the Commonwealth and New Zealand. Health Workforce Australia is currently developing a National Training Plan to assist in achieving self-sufficiency in the supply of doctors, nurses and midwives by 2025.

Health Workforce New Zealand

Health Workforce New Zealand is responsible for planning and development of the health workforce, ensuring that staffing issues are aligned with planning on delivery of services and that the New Zealand healthcare workforce is fit for purpose.

Please contact the Policy and Advocacy Unit for further information:

External Committees

College of Intensive Care Medicine New Zealand National Committee (CICM) - RACP Representative

Expressions of Interest are invited from Fellows to represent the RACP at three CICM face-to-face meetings each year. The role on the National Committee is that of an observer.

The National Committee advises the CICM Board of any matters in New Zealand that may concern the interests of that College, and advises the Board on matters affecting training, accreditation and review of hospital training programmes. The National Committee also engages with local jurisdictional issues and at its meetings discusses any relevant developments occurring in external agencies including the Ministry of Health, Medical Council of New Zealand, and Council of Medical Colleges.

The RACP representative on the CICM New Zealand National Committee (NZNC) should be prepared to make the following commitment of time and energy:

  • attend three meetings of the CICM NZNC each year
  • travel time to/from the meetings in Wellington
  • reading time of relevant information and meeting materials
  • preparation of a brief report (written or oral) to the CICM NZNC on major activities/issues with which the RACP is engaged.

As a RACP representative attending external forums, the selected Fellow will be responsible for the following:

  • apprise the RACP of any developments in the CICM's deliberations of interest to the RACP, and where necessary, participate in any relevant committees of the RACP to formalise the RACP's position
  • recognise approval processes of the RACP when sharing information
  • accurately represent the views of the RACP at meetings
  • adhere to RACP policies and procedures
  • submit a brief report summarising outcomes of the meetings to the College Education Committee (and other Committees as appropriate).

Expressions of Interest are encouraged from Fellows of all Divisions, Faculties and Chapters. For the EOI form please click here. Additional information on the CICM, is available on the CICM website at

Please note that as part of the EOI, applicants are required to submit a short CV and to write a brief statement outlining their interest in becoming the RACP representative on the National Committee of CICM. All EOI documents must be submitted to Sally Marett at by COB Friday 30 May 2014.