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The 2020 HEAL Thought Leaders event - The Future of our Medical Workforce

In February 2020, HEAL ran a Thought Leaders event, that was sponsored by the HEAL Foundation, to discuss the future of our medical workforce. Fifty experts from universities, medical colleges, government and health services attended and contributed. The event was emceed by Dr Michael Walsh and along with Professor Harvey Newnham, HEAL’s Chair of the Board of Directors, we welcomed speakers (and topics) that included:

  • Mr Greg Williams, Manager in CSIRO Futures – Future of healthcare
  • Associate Professor Andrew Wilson, CMO, Victorian Government – Medical workforce strategy
  • Professor John Prins, Head of the Melbourne Medical School and Professor of Medicine at The University of Melbourne – Undergraduate medical curriculum redesign
  • Mr Philip Pigou, CEO Australian Medical Council – Accreditation for prevocational and vocational training
  • Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, Council Vic AMA, General Practitioner, Primary care workforce challenges
  • Ms Susan Biggar, Consumer Representative and National Engagement Adviser, AHPRA – What do consumers/patients want from our medical workforce
  • Ms Kiri Rikihana, General Manager (NZ) ANZCA – The future of vocational training
  • Associate Professor Simon Stafrace, Chief Adviser, Mental Health Reform Victoria – Mental health workforce challenges, opportunities and their impact on psychiatric training
  • Dr Rangi de Silva, Vocational Trainee Obstetrics and Gynaecology – Vocational training – Gap summary
  • Dr Christina Guo, Junior Doctor in training – Panellist

It was a great opportunity to have a robust and spirited discussion to explore the current environment and any opportunities to shape the medical workforce of the future.

The report from the day can be found here.