Healthcare | Workforce planning key to innovating within

26 April 2017

Cristian Ulloa , National Leader, People Advisory |

The BDO healthcare team and I recently attended CEDA’s Health Series Brisbane lunch with The Hon. Cameron Dick MP, State Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services. The key note address was focused on important issues impacting the healthcare sector, and thought provoking ideas for the future. In particular Minister Dick noted the pressure on our current resources and ways to grow a combined care and health workforce.

Emerging workforce needs

Over the past decade, the healthcare workforce has grown significantly, and this is set to continue. We need to remember that the health portfolio is a community and economic asset. The services need to be provided to everyone and not based on privilege, disadvantage or geographic location. The Government has introduced a number of initiatives looking at the growing combined care and health workforce. While more can be done, working with the community to determine better ways of delivering services, increasing use of technology and helping to determine the emerging workforce capabilities, will be crucial in enabling improved care and sustainability of our health care system.

Opportunities present, when you are prepared

While there are endless opportunities, it pays to plan ahead and innovate from within. The Government has a new initiatives team which has been especially established to assist with innovation creation in our healthcare system. To improve employee productivity and engagement you need to keep these questions top of mind:

  1. Is your workforce aligned with the strategic vision and direction of the organisation?
  2. Are your people, processes and technology fit for purpose?
  3. When you make a change, is it implemented in a way to ensure change is embedded and your workforce practices are sustained?

Examples in the healthcare sector

Recent examples BDO are seeing in the sector, is the opportunity China presents. A leading aged care provider, is exploring ways to break into the Chinese market and reap the rewards it has to offer – but it must be done right!

The impact of the NDIS is starting to be felt. Innovation, increased use of technology and alternative service delivery models are helping to protect, and in some cases may grow revenue streams for aged care providers.

Finding ways to grow

It's important to find new ways to grow and help sustain our health care system. BDO’s human capital team can work with you to improve alignment and drive organisational value. Find out more about how workforce analytics can help your business. How are you planning for the future? Feel free to share your own insights and comments below.