GATEWAY Health and the La Trobe Rural Health School have jointly appointed a staff member focused on solving the organisation's rural health workforce challenges.
The newly appointed Learning and Development co-ordinator Dr Lyndal Sheepway will support staff to undertake further education, increase the number of students placements, enhance the quality of those student placements, and develop research capability and capacity.
Gateway Health chief executive Leigh Rhode said she hopes the conjoint appointment will bolster their workforce strategy.
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"With current skill shortages, not only within Australia, but also across the world in a number of different health disciplines, it has never been more critical to look locally and adapt a 'Grow your Own' strategy," she said.
"Through our partnership with the La Trobe Rural Health School, we will be looking to create an active student placement program, articulating to recruitment and career opportunities.
"We will share expertise and knowledge in leading research and teaching opportunities across both organisations and hope to create opportunities for current Gateway Health staff to discover further study opportunities."
Dean and head of the La Trobe Rural Health School Professor Jane Mills said both organisations have a joint mission focused on rural health outcomes.
"The La Trobe Rural Health School is distinctive, as it is entirely based in rural areas, so we very much align with Gateway Health's mission of growing their own," she said.
"Most of our students are from rural areas and are passionate about working in rural communities after graduation.
"We are very much looking forward to working with Lyndal and the Gateway Health team to support their development as a learning and research organisation."
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