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Workforce Surveys

RDN workforce data is recognised in the health sector for its high quality, integrity, relevance, and longevity.

The data obtained from GPs and Practice Managers via RDN surveys has proven invaluable. It has, amongst many things, helped inform recruitment and retention strategies and has been vital in publishing the NSW and Australian Minimum Data Set Report (MDS) and RDN’s annual Health Workforce Needs Assessment (HWNA).

All workforce surveys are being delivered via a secure online survey platform. Online surveys have improved the efficiency of our workforce data collection and enabled us to customise the survey to your individual circumstances.


2020 Practice Manager Survey now open

All practice managers of a general practice in rural NSW or an urban Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) are invited to complete the 2020 Practice Manager Workforce survey.

Each practice manager in rural NSW has been sent a personalised survey access code in the mail, as well as step-by-step instructions to complete the survey. Practice managers will need to enter their unique access code to complete the survey. If you did not receive the letter or would like a direct link to your survey, please email surveys@nswrdn.com.au with your full name and the name of your practice.

 

 


2020 GP Workforce Survey now open

All GPs and GP doctors in training who are currently practising in rural NSW or an urban Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) are invited to complete the 2020 GP Workforce survey.

Each doctor in rural NSW has been sent a personalised survey access code in the mail, as well as step-by-step instructions to complete the survey. GPs will need to enter their unique access code to complete the survey. If you did not receive the letter or would like a direct link to your survey, please email surveys@nswrdn.com.au with your full name and the name of your primary place of practice.

 

 


Why complete the surveys?

The surveys are the primary tool to capture data about what is happening in rural health across NSW. For RDN to accurately represent the needs of the rural health workforce to government, we need to know what affects health practitioners. The data collected assists RDN to identify areas of support and funding needed for communities in terms of:

  1. specialist and allied health Outreach services
  2. GP support needs in the management of patients with chronic non-cancer pain
  3. priority CPD and training needs for the rural GP workforce and GPs working an urban AMS
  4. workforce strategies and policies that improve access to primary care and workforce sustainability.
     

What happens to the data?

Data collected through the GP and Practice Manager surveys forms the evidence base of the HWNA. Together with Outreach program activity data and in-depth interviews with health professionals from medical, allied health, nursing and midwifery disciplines working in rural NSW, the HWNA aggregates evidence themed around primary health care workforce access, quality and sustainability; and identifies issues and trends for these priority areas.

The HWNA findings are submitted in full to the Department of Health each February. Summary reports are also produced.  The 2019-20 Primary HWNA Summary Report focuses on the health workforce needs of nursing and midwifery professionals working in the rural primary health care context. This new research complements and builds on the  2017-18 General Practitioner (GP) and 2018-19 Allied Health assessments which are reviewed and updated in this report.

 

How do the survey and the HWNA benefit the rural health workforce?

A few of the ways in which the HWNA findings have contributed to RDN’s work are:  

  • Informed RDN’s investment in clinician self-care initiatives such as RDN’s web resource #RuralHealthTogether www.ruralhealthtogether.info 
  • Informed RDN’s evidence-based response to the former Rural Health Commissioner’s request for feedback on options to attract and retain allied health professionals to rural areas.   

This year, your responses to the GP Workforce Survey will help us build the next GP Workforce MDS and identify areas of support and funding needed for communities in terms of: 

  • specialist and allied health Outreach services
  • GP support needs in the management of patients with chronic non-cancer pain 
  • priority CPD and training needs for the rural GP workforce 
  • workforce strategies and policies that improve access to primary care and workforce sustainability. 


RDN looks forward to the continued support of our annual surveys, which will continue to make a positive difference to primary health care in rural NSW.

 

More information

For more information about the online surveys, please read our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please email or call +61 2 4924 8067.