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Workforce development
NQPHN works closely with a number of agencies and stakeholders to best support workforce capacity and capability building in primary healthcare across our regions.

Together with Health Workforce Queensland, an initiative has been launched focusing on First Nations workforce development with a specific focus on upskilling, developing, and growing First Nations health workforce.

The First 1,000 days framework outlined a key focus on workforce and innovative workforce modelling.

The key focus of First Nations maternal and child health workforce uplift lead to a partnership between Health Workforce Queensland and NQPHN co-designing and delivering an extensive and comprehensive workforce training and education uplift.

We collaborated with subject matter experts to design and develop a comprehensive program for uplifting the skills and development of the maternal and child health workforce in the entire region.

Rural workforce enhancement campaign for North Queensland

Health Workforce Queensland in partnership with NQPHN are working to build a sustainable health workforce through the recruitment and retention of general practitioners, nurses, and allied health professionals.

This targeted campaign will focus on recruiting and orientating incoming health professionals to help enhance and grow the current workforce whilst also enhancing in situ health capability in areas of need by upskilling in situ health professionals.

Find out more information on the Health Workforce Queensland website.


eConsultant provides GPs access to specialist advice for adult patients (>16 years). The request for advice is sent from the practice software and a reply will be received from an experienced specialist, within three business days using secure messaging. eConsultant is easily accessed using a template set up within the practice software system (Best Practice or MedicalDirector). At this stage general medicine, endocrinology, and dermatological advice is available via eConsult.

Learn more about eConsult or submit an expression of interest.

The Virtual Integrated Practice (VIP) Program

The Virtual Integrated Practice (VIP) Program was developed in partnership with Western Queensland Primary Health Network (WQPHN), Health Workforce Queensland (HWQ), and three general practices in rural/remote Queensland, to support the rural GP workforce and build practice sustainability. This program places GPs into practices to support patients face-to-face at least once every six months, and via telehealth one day a week in between.

Learn more about VIP or submit an expression of interest.

Workforce Planning and Prioritisation program

The Australian General Practice Training Workforce Planning and Prioritisation (GP WPP) program commenced in August 2022 to support the transition to college-led general practice training. The program’s objective is to provide independent analysis and advice on the current and future GP workforce needs, in addition to assessing training capacity to inform the delivery of the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program. All seven Queensland PHNs are part of a Queensland PHN Consortium selected by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care to deliver theGP WPP program in Queensland.

The purpose of this consultation is to engage with general practice staff to identify and gain a better understanding of training capacity within your general practice. Responses to the survey will be used to build our understanding of:

  • the enablers or barriers in the recruitment and retention of GP Supervisors

  • the enablers and barriers in the recruitment and retention of GP Registrars

  • the workforce needs or gaps of local communities.

Participation in the consultation survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes.

We appreciate you taking the time to complete the consultation and look forward to hearing from you. Your contributions are highly valued. 

Have your say and WIN!

By completing a consultation survey by Monday 22 April 2024, you can go into the draw and WIN 1 of 6 Yeti prize packs valued at $218.

  1. Submit your consultation survey by 11.59pm AEST on Monday 22 April 2024.
  2. Enter your contact details in the survey to register.
  3. Competition closes at 11.59pm on Monday 22 April 2024. Prizes will be drawn on Tuesday 23 April 2024, with the winners winners announced in the last week of April (between 29 April – 3 May, 2024).


02 April 2024

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