Health workers, electricians and other skilled workers will enjoy the largest amount of demand over the next five years according to a new report published by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

The Australian Jobs 2011 report highlights an expected 85.5%  jump in demand for nurses and other medical practitioners over the 2011 – 2016 period.

Health diagnostic and therapy professionals are also expected to experience a 35% increase in employment demand over the same time period.

The Western Australian Government has announced an 8.2% increase of $470 million in its health expenditure in the state’s Budget, bringing total  state funding for health to $6.2 billion.

Aged Community Services Australia has questioned the Federal Budget’s funding for aged care, saying this year’s Federal Budget has left aged care 'in limbo'.

The Queensland State Government has published its newest clinical guidance document for the state’s nurses.

The Federal Government’s 2011-12 Budget has brought the total national funding for mental health care and research to over $2.2 billion over five years after the announcement of $1.5 billion in new funding initiatives via the National Mental Health Reform package.

The Federal Government has announced $1.8 billion in funding over five years for the nation’s regional health infrastructure, with $1.33 billion to be invested through  63 Health and Hospitals Fund grants (HHF).

The Federal Government has announced continued funding for the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program in the 2011-12 Budget.

The Federal Government’s Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s (AHPRA) has come under criticism from across the health care industry for problems and inefficiencies in administering the registration of health practitioners.

Three Western Australian nurses and midwives have each been awarded a $20,000 fellowship to fund research projects that will be aimed at improving patient care in Western Australia.

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) has welcomed the ‘much-needed’ attention to mental health in the 2011-12 Federal Budget, but has called for a comprehensive oral health program to address the nation's declining dental health standards.

Almost $70 million is expected to be delivered to two major South Australian hospitals as the Federal Government prepares to deliver its 2011-12 Federal Budget.

Health Workforce Australia (HWA) has called for qualified consultants and contractors to submit a tender to undertake a case study on the delivery of the HWA Workforce Innovation and Reform: Caring for Older People (CFOP) program as part of the HWA’s planned national program in workforce reform.

Health Workforce Australia (HWA) has released the first directions paper after it’s publishing of the Clinical Supervision Support Program (CSSP).

The Federal Government has announced a $220 million major redevelopment scheme for New South Wales’ Tamworth Hospital.

The Victorian State Government has released the Victorian Health Priorities Framework 2012-22, outlining planned reforms over the coming decade.

The Northern Territory Government has announced a $150 million investment in health and hospital health infrastructure. The package, announced in the lead up to the Territory’s 2011-12 budget, includes the construction of a new Palmerston hospital.

The Federal Government has announced a $75 million injection in regional Queensland mental health in the 2011-12 Federal Budget. The funding is aimed at creating 134 new mental health beds in the state’s regional areas.

The Federal Government has announced a total of $13.75 million in investment in local hospital and mental health services in North Queensland.

 The Federal Government has announced a $6.6 million injection for the Rockhampton Mater Misericordiae Hospital in the 2011-12 Budget.

The Federal Government has announced a $26.07 million contribution towards the construction of a Cancer Care Service that will care for the residents of Geelong and the surrounding Ballerine Penninsula.

The Western Australia Government has announced the planned recruitment of an additional 309 paramedics and officers over the next four years following a review of the state’s St John ambulance services.

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