Workforce and Education
The digital transformation of health services can only occur with a skilled, digitally capable workforce. Confident and efficient use of health technologies by all workers in the Australian health sector is critical.
The National Digital Health Workforce and Education Roadmap
The National Digital Health Workforce and Education Roadmap sets a pathway for building digital health capability and leadership to deliver contemporary care.
The next step is the development of both general and job specific resources and curricula required to support workforce capability development.
The National Nursing and Midwifery Digital Health Capability Framework
Australia's largest healthcare workforce of nurses and midwives are increasingly using digital health technologies in the delivery of safe, quality and person-centred care.
The National Nursing and Midwifery Digital Health Capability Framework recognises the unique digital health capabilities of nurses and midwives now and into the future. It outlines the core skills, knowledge and behaviours required for professional practice across five domains:
- Digital Professionalism: Professional standards are maintained in the digital environment
- Leadership and Advocacy: Digital health leadership and advocacy supported by clear policy
- Data and Information Quality: Data quality must be present
- Information-enabled Care: Care must be supported by rigorous data analysis and critical appraisal
- Technology: Technology needs to be understood and used appropriately
These domains sit within the context of nurses and midwives’ roles, workplace settings and the professional standards that apply to their practice.
Each domain has three sub-domains containing capability statements for users to assess their capability level as either formative, intermediate or proficient.
The framework is intended to enable and inform nurses and midwives in contemporary practice. It’s a guide for individuals, organisations and educators to help support professional development and planning.
Learn more about the Nursing and Midwifery Framework
The accompanying resources have been developed to assist individuals and organisations assess digital health capability and includes an organisation flowchart, along with early, mid and senior career case studies covering hospital and residential aged care settings.
- Organisation flowchart (PDF, 167KB)
- Case study - Registered nurse (early career) (PDF, 269KB)
- Case study - Midwife (mid career) (PDF, 269KB)
- Case study - Aged care nurse (senior career) (PDF, 298KB)
- Poster - Nurses and Midwives core skills (PDF, 201KB)
- Poster - Nurses and Midwives core skills (short version) (PDF, 201KB)
CAPHIA 2020 Australian Teaching and Learning Forum
CCIO Angela Ryan spoke at the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia (CAPHIA) 2020 Australian Teaching and Learning Forum in July 2020. She discussed the upcoming National Digital Health Workforce and Education Roadmap and the need to improve the digital capabilities of Australia’s health workforce.
The Workforce and Education Roadmap Summit
During the latter part of 2019, health care professionals met to create a roadmap that will help the workforce confidently use digital technologies to deliver better health and care.