RWAV plays a vital role in supporting the health workforce and enhancing healthcare outcomes for Victoria’s rural, regional, and Aboriginal communities. Our team is dedicated to a comprehensive range of tasks, including data collection, data management, rigorous analysis, extensive research, strategic planning, comprehensive reporting, and thorough evaluation. These efforts are all geared towards facilitating improved health services and addressing the unique challenges faced by communities in these areas.
As a data-driven and evidence-focused team, we firmly believe that reliable information and well-researched insights are fundamental to implementing effective solutions. By analysing and interpreting the data, we gain valuable perspectives on the healthcare workforce’s current status, identifying key hotspot areas that face critical workforce issues. This information empowers us to develop targeted initiatives and plans, aimed at bridging the gaps and improving healthcare access and quality across Victoria’s rural and regional landscapes.
Our dedication extends to supporting all of RWAV’s key initiatives, ensuring a coordinated and collaborative approach to address health workforce challenges in these underserved communities. By working closely with the Rural Victorian Primary Health Networks (PHNs) and various stakeholders, we foster partnerships that maximize the impact of our efforts and ensure that our strategies are aligned with the specific needs of each community.
Through our ongoing commitment to data-driven practices, evidence-based decision-making, and a focus on supporting RWAV’s overall mission, we strive to make a significant difference in the health and well-being of those residing in rural, regional, and Aboriginal communities throughout Victoria. By advancing health workforce planning and implementing targeted solutions, we aim to build a more resilient and equitable healthcare system that meets the diverse needs of these populations.
If you would like collaborate further with RWAV, please contact Data@rwav.com.au.
Health Workforce Needs Assessment
Each year RWAV undertakes the Health Workforce Needs Assessment (HWNA) for the Rural Health Workforce Activity Program on behalf of the Commonwealth. The HWNA uses RHW Census data (and other data sources) to determine areas of workforce and skill shortages. RWAV grants, programs, and outreach services are informed by the HWNA to best meet the needs of rural, regional and Aboriginal communities in Victoria.
RWAV’s Victorian Rural Health Workforce Census
Every year, RWAV conducts the Rural Health Workforce Census, a vital initiative aimed at promoting informed decision-making and improving healthcare and equity for rural communities in Victoria. As part of this Census, we reach out to the Victorian health workforce, inviting them to share their valuable personal insights into both the workforce needs and the specific needs of their communities.
You can read more about our Census on this page: https://www.rwav.com.au/rhwcensus/
By actively engaging healthcare professionals from various regions, we gather essential data and first-hand perspectives on the challenges and requirements faced by rural communities. This comprehensive information serves as a foundation for developing targeted strategies and initiatives that address the unique healthcare needs of each region.
Our primary goal is to bridge the gaps in healthcare services and create a more equitable and responsive healthcare system for rural Victoria. By empowering the workforce to contribute their input and experiences, we ensure that decisions and interventions are driven by evidence and the lived realities of those involved in healthcare delivery.
Through the Rural Health Workforce Census, we foster a collaborative approach that brings together stakeholders, policymakers, and local communities to collectively work towards enhancing healthcare access and quality in rural areas. The insights gathered enable us to implement sustainable solutions that have a positive impact on the well-being and health outcomes of those living in these underserved communities.
For further information about RWAV’s data and research services or if you have data or research to share with us, please get in touch with us at Data@rwav.com.au or phone 03 9349 7800 (Option 6).