Fund tertiary education providers appropriately
A quality health system relies on highly trained professionals. Tertiary education organisations provide a vital service by educating our future health workforce, and expanding the skillset of our current practitioners.
Education in the clinical health sciences is expensive to deliver. Technological advancements have changed the scope of practice and significantly increased the cost of education for many allied health disciplines, including paramedicine, perioperative practice, and oral health, and other associated professions, including medical laboratory science. However, the level of SAC funding currently available is insufficient. In some of these cases, it reflects an outdated model of training, and in all it is out of step with the responsibilities and competencies expected of a modern health graduate.
Why the contribution is important
Insufficient funding places significant pressure on providers of health science education. They need to remain abreast of technological advances and changes in the scope of practice, both of which can come with a significant cost. It also limits their ability to expand programmes to meet student and workforce demand.
by Helen_AUT on November 03, 2022 at 02:25PM