After over 12 months preparation the inaugural strategic HRH course was conducted by HRDA. The course at the end of September was run in the magnificent and almost new facilities of the University of Notre Dame (UNDA) clinical school on the grounds of Hawkesbury District Health Service, in the picturesque semi-rural outskirts of Sydney. The facilities boasted state of the art training resources and importantly, accommodation for our participants. The venue provided a unique and stimulating learning environment where course participants could mix with senior postgraduate students from the UNDA Medical and Nursing Schools.
The first training cohort, while small, comprised high quality HRH practitioners and policy makers from Thailand, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. They were able to build on their existing HRH skill sets by adding a stronger strategic perspective, supported by enhanced practical HR analytical skills. Participants experienced a highly interactive and dense program that included a series of lectures, workshops and site visits to explore HRH challenges and solutions in acute and community care health facilities in the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD).
The course followed a natural pathway through the strategic components of HRH, beginning with workforce planning concepts and practice, moving to workforce development (competency based ways of developing competence), looking at accrediting education and training, examining workforce retention strategies, and ending with an analysis of available workforce (supply and demand) data.
On the final day of the course all participants were required to present a plan for resolving a particular strategic HRH problem or issue in their own country, employing the concepts they had gathered during the course. The challenges tackled varied from re-distributing (through a variety of mechanisms) a proportion of the medical workforce to rural services delivery to calculating the workforce requirements of new services designated in a new National Health Plan. The quality of the presentations was exceptional, and clearly demonstrated significant learning by the participants.
HRDA would like to congratulate all the participants, and thank them for their great enthusiasm and persistent sense of purpose. HRDA would also like to thank all the presenters other than HRDA’s own Carla Cowles, Lee Ridoutt and Graham Roberts, especially Professor Lynne Madden, Dr Anar Ulikpan and Marc Dalmulder and those who presented case studies from the WSLHD. We would like to acknowledge the support of UNDA and the wonderful staff at the clinical school.
Planning for a 2018 course is already happening and it is likely again to be around September but exact dates have yet to be determined. Course fees will again start from $1000 AUD for low-income country participants and discounts are available for teams of 3 or more people.
Express interest now in the course and we will keep you abreast of developments, or for more information or get in touch with Carla Cowles, HRDA Business Development.