Australian health informatics workforce review
A recent review of health informatics workforce issues in Australia has been published by HISA, the Health Informatics Society of Australia. The report is available via the HISA website (www.hisa.org.au), and should make interesting comparative reading, especially for those exploring such workforce issues in other countries.
Among the major findings are:
- there are too few health informaticians for the current workload; workforce and skills shortages will be a major barrier to implementing government strategies and reforms;
- too little is known about the health informatics workforce – we know neither how many we have now, nor how many we need;
- there is a fundamental breakdown in the market between employers, education providers and potential workforce entrants;
- health informatics does not have wide recognition as a discipline in its own right;
- there is no career structure for health informaticians in Australia.
A post by Bill Hersh on his Informatics Professor blog (>>>) discusses this and a similar Canadian report.
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