Presentation at the joint Ottawa and ANZAHPE Conference

HCA Staff Consultant, Carla Cowles, recently presented a poster at the joint Ottawa and Australasian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Conference held in Perth in March this year.

The presentation was related to HCA’s current study for the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM) which is looking at the supply and demand for Public Health Physicians in Australia to conduct a labour market analysis and provide estimates for the profession for up to 2025.


The focus of HCA’s presentation was on the method being employed to obtain estimates of the demand for Public Health Physicians. Traditional methods of workforce planning estimate demand through ‘service utilisation’. However, based on previous studies conducted by HCA, this method is not a useful approach for Public Health Medicine due to the highly varied nature of the work.

Therefore in the current study HCA will be looking at estimating demand for the workforce by adopting an evidence-based ‘Best-practice’ approach with a focus on ‘areas or practice’ of Public Health Medicine understood through a ‘role delineation’ lens.

Consultations with workforce are currently underway, including a survey of AFPHM Fellows to obtain an accurate estimate of current supply.


The outcomes from the project will assist with:

  • improved planning and training of the workforce
  • advocating for a ‘best practice’ way of deploying and developing the Public Health Physicians workforce at a government and policy level
  • obtaining of a valid method for estimating demand scenarios for the workforce

For more information about this project please contact Carla Cowles or Lee Ridoutt.

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