Workforce recruitment

As a primary health care practice, your business may be faced with complex workforce challenges posed by increasing demand, new technologies and limited resources. When sharing advertisements for vacant positions you may consider using the SEEK website or NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN).

COORDINARE can provide a standard letter of support for Area of Need.

The NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) offers a range of services and programs that can assist rural general practices with finding suitably skilled and qualified GPs to work in towns, and by finding locum support for rural and remote GPs to take short term leave.

The RDN supports rural medical partners and families and can provide a range of scholarships, support and information for students studying medicine or health related degrees in NSW.

To find out more go to the RDN website.

The DoctorConnect website provides information on District of Workforce Shortage and other programs aimed at reducing workforce shortages in regional, rural and remote areas. It includes information for overseas trained Doctors and Australian employers.

Your business is covered by the Fair Work Act 2009, which commenced 1 July 2009. New minimum conditions of employment came into effect from 1 January 2010 and are contained in the National Employment Standards and new modern awards.

The main awards affecting your employees are:

Under the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for General Practices (5th edition), your practice must be able to show that you have human resources systems integrated into your practice.  

You must be able to provide evidence of several systems including induction programs, position descriptions and designated responsibilities for infection control, clinical improvement, complaints management and cold chain management.