Reports and Publications

This page has been constructed primarily to provide a showcase for HCA’s capacity to turn careful and thoughtful data collection, through analysis and interpretation, into analytical reports suitable to the intended audience.

The HCA style is to write accessibly, both in context and language, but to never underestimate the audience. At times reports, because of the audience, will be academic in style, but still always we hope accessible to most readers.

The reports here have been carefully selected to reveal a range of styles and project types, there is no particular content theme. There is not a corresponding report for every project listed on the Projects page.

If you would like to know about HCA’s available publications in a certain area (for instance, nurse workforce, Aboriginal health, etc.) or if a report exists for a specific listed project in which you are interested, contact us and enquire.

The Australia regulatory science workforce – needs assessment project  2017

This project was undertaken for enHealth, the Environmental Health Standing Committee, to undertake a needs assessment of the regulatory science workforce as part of a broader workforce project plan. HCA has recently commenced the next stage of the workforce project to assess the demand for regulatory scientists.

Download the final project report here.

SWSLHD Population Health workforce development plan, 2016

HCA assisted the Population Health Unit in South West Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) to undertake a workforce development plan from the year 2016 until 2020.

Download the Workforce Development Plan

Report on the Public Health Physician Workforce in Australia

HCA team members, Lee Ridoutt and Carla Cowles, recently completed a labour market analysis of the Public Health Physician workforce in Australia for the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine. Building on previous HCA studies undertaken for the Faculty, and using novel methods for estimating workforce demand, findings from this recent study will provide important guidance and direction for the future development of the Public Health Physician workforce.

Lee Ridoutt launched the report at the 15th World Congress on Public Health that was held in Melbourne.

The full report can be downloaded here.

Mental Health Services Model Literature Review

MHS Lit Review

HCA, in conjunction with the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH), conducted a literature review of service models for mental health services for the Mid North Coast (MNC) Local Health District. MNC wanted to base its new mental health service model on the best available evidence. Examples of evidence based service delivery systems founded on primary mental health care and primary health liaison, assertive community treatment teams, care coordination, support systems and peer workers were explored and assessed for the MNC context.

HCA delivered a report to MNC LHD that recommended certain mental health service models and suggest governance arrangements needed to support the implementation of these new models.

Download final report here.


NMHC Workforce Project

NMHC Workforce project

In late 2014 HCA was contracted to provide advice to the National Mental Health Commission as part of their development of a National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services, a seminal report on the future of mental health services for the Federal Minster of Health. The advice was primarily in regard to the workforce implications of the visionary new form the Commission wanted to take mental health services. HCA’s advice took the form of numerous meetings with the Commission’s officers and the CEO David Butt, but more particularly was provided in a just under 100 page report. The HCA report, along with other reports commissioned by NMHC were published on the 16th April, 2015.

Download final report here.


Development of a Best Practice Guide: – Consumer & carer participation in research & evaluation activities

Human Capital Alliance (HCA) was engaged by the Community Mental Health Drug & Alcohol Research Network (CMHDARN) to develop a best practice guide for the community mental heath and the drug and alcohol sectors to develop organisational capacity to increase consumer and carer participation in research and evaluation activities. Understand the requirements of the mental health and drug and alcohol sector and a clear understanding of previous (both successful & failed) resource development materials (as well as the reasons attributed to their respected success or failure) are key to the successful development of a robust and fit for purpose resource. Accordingly, the HCA team developed a highly consultative and thorough methodology to develop appropriate tools to help mental health and drug and alcohol sector providers and organisations to develop best practice resources to support their staff in improving the extent and the ways in which consumers, clients and carers are included and participate in research and evaluation work into the future.

Download final report here.

Development of on-line suicide prevention resources for ex-service men and women and their families in collaboration with OzHelp Foundation

HCA joined with the OzHelp Foundation and a team of suicide prevention experts namely, Dr Martin Harris, Dr Jan Ewing and Keith Todd to develop a range of online suicide prevention and postvention resources for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The target group for the online resources is the ex-service community including veterans, peacekeepers and family and friends. The specific project deliverables were to provide (1) online suicide awareness and postvention resources linked to the DVA At Ease website for the veteran/peacekeeping community which includes information on suicide specific crisis assistance, risk factors, protective factors, myths around suicide, impact of military service, and help seeking information including helpline numbers, resources and internet links. For those users of the website who want to go beyond awareness there are interactive online suicide prevention training resources (2) postvention resources, and (3) an evaluation of the uptake and effectiveness of the online suicide awareness and postvention resources which will build understanding of best practice in online suicide prevention effort.

Download final report here.

Career Structures and Pathways for the Scientific Workforce in Medical Pathology Laboratories

NMHC Workforce project

HCA was commissioned by the Department of Health and Ageing to undertake the Career Structures and Pathways for the Scientific Workforce in Medical Pathology Laboratories project. The objective of this project was to broadly provide an understanding of workforce requirements and the adequacy of current supply strategies, but specifically to investigate options to promote workforce retention through career pathways development for the scientific workforce in medical pathology laboratories. The medical pathology laboratory scientific workforce was defined as including senior scientists, medical laboratory scientists, medical laboratory technicians and laboratory assistants although individuals within each workforce grouping may hold job titles that vary somewhat from these generic occupational titles.

Download final report here.


Aboriginal Health Worker Profession Review

The Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services engaged the services of Human Capital Alliance to undertake a review, to provide accurate information about the current Aboriginal Health Worker profession and advice on strengthening its size and capability, as well as career development for Aboriginal Health Workers.
An approach was adopted which focused on methodology that can be completed and deliver required outcomes within four months. Additional and optional methodology suggested by HCA was adopted that extended the project to add real value to the consultancy outcomes.

Download final report here.

Pharmacy Workforce Planning Project

HCA was commissioned by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia to undertake a long term research project into the Pharmacy Workforce. The research project developed a sophisticated means of estimating the supply of, and demand for, pharmacy workforce until the year 2025.
HCA’s research was conducted under the guidance of an Advisory Panel consisting of representatives from the Fourth Agreement Research and Development Steering Committee, the Pharmacy Guild, the Department of Health and Ageing, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, the Combined Heads of Pharmacy Schools of Australia and New Zealand and the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia.

Download final report here.