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May 10, 2021

NSW Healthcare in Demand

With the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic NSW Healthcare staff remain in demand throughout the nation. In New South Wales, the healthcare progress report states that NSW Health currently employs over 114,000 FTW (full-time equivalent) staff.

Between June 2021 and June 2017 this number has increased by 12.5% and is projected to continue to show a steady increase. In 2015 the NSW Government committed to increasing frontline health staff with an investment in over 3,500 additional nurses, midwives, doctors, allied health professionals and hospital support staff. This number is set to increase in the near future. 

Apart from the frontline staff, a range of generalist career pathways and training initiatives are available. These continue to be in development to be made available for medical and nursing practitioners. Generalism continues to be relevant, particularly in rural settings. The Rural Generalist Training Program for general practitioner (GP) trainees now has 40 funded positions available annually. This model is further complemented by rural specialist fellowship positions. NSW Health has also invested in speciality training in fields such as pain medicine, palliative medicine, and specialised psychiatry positions. 

NSW Medical Workforce by Modelling Speciality 2015-2030 Summary recognises the following specialities projected to have significant career opportunities: 

  • Addiction Medicine 
  • Anatomical Pathology (Including Cytopathology)(Pathology)  
  • Chemical Pathology (Pathology) 
  • Clinical Genetics (Physician) Forensic Pathology (Pathology)  
  • General Pathology and Genetics  
  • Microbiology (Pathology)  
  • Small Nuclear Medicine (Physician)  
  • Nuclear Medicine (Radiology)  
  • Occupational and Environmental  
  • Public Health Medicine  
  • Reproductive Endocrinology And Infertility (O&G)  
  • Urogynaecology (O&G) 

Furthermore, the same report shows the following specialities to have substantial career opportunities:  

  • Clinical Genetics (Paediatrics)  
  • Clinical Pharmacology (Physician)  
  • Dermatology Diagnostic  
  • Radiology (Radiology)  
  • Gastroenterology And Hepatology (Physician)  
  • General Medicine (Physician)
  • Gynaecological Oncology (O&G)  
  • Haematology (Pathology)  
  • Immunology (Pathology)  
  • Infectious Diseases (Physician)  
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecological Ultrasound (O&G)  
  • Ophthalmology Paediatric Cardiology (Paediatrics)  
  • Paediatric Haematology (Paediatrics)  
  • Paediatric Infectious Diseases (Paediatrics)  
  • Paediatric Palliative Medicine (Paediatrics)  
  • Paediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (Paediatrics)  
  • Paediatric Rheumatology (Paediatrics)  
  • Palliative Medicine Small Psychiatry Radiation Oncology  
  • Rehabilitation Medicine Sexual Health Medicine  
  • Urology (Surgery) 

Apart from the above-mentioned specialities that continue to be a focus for the NSW Ministry of Health, Radiopharmaceutical scientists are considered to be a critical part of the workforce and have been a key focus of the Health Professionals Workforce Plan 2021-2022. Demand for the course in Radiopharmaceutical has shown to have increased demand among students.  

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