E-news Issue 6
Monday, 09 August 2021
Charles Darwin University
E-news
CDU has appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor Northern Australia Medical and Health Development, Emeritus Professor Ian Wronski AO to meet the workforce needs for the Territory in the health and medical sector.
CDU has appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor Northern Australia Medical and Health Development, Emeritus Professor Ian Wronski AO to meet the workforce needs for the Territory in the health and medical sector.

Expanding the Northern Territory’s health workforce

To meet the growing demands from the health sector, Charles Darwin University (CDU) is driving the growing need to expand the health workforce in the Northern Territory.

CDU has appointed to a newly created position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Northern Australia Medical and Health Development, Emeritus Professor Ian Wronski AO who will develop option for CDU to play a more substantial role in meeting the workforce needs for the Territory in the health and medical sector.

Professor Wronski will look at options for how CDU can evolve more authentic medical training in the Territory and build the capacity of other health related courses, services, and capabilities.

Professor Wronski said as the Territory’s institution it was critical that CDU play an important role in developing the NT health system and economy.

He said doing so will have positive knock on effects throughout the community, ranging from better access and quality of health services to expanded professional career opportunities for Territorians and their children.

“In the Territory, the health system is strangulated by a lack of workforce supply, that’s a big issue and it’s a situation we’ve seen before,” Professor Wronski said.

“The health and human services sector is the fastest growing part of the Australian economy in the last decade and is predicted to be for the next 15 years. If you don’t build health workforce capacity it means that the health system can’t grow in size and quality.”

Professor Ian Wronski’s experience in rural, remote, tropical, public and Indigenous health spans over 40 years in the field and was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University. 

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman said new courses in health would support the needs of the sector.

“One of the biggest challenges in the Northern Territory is attracting and retaining a health workforce to meet the ever-growing needs and demands of the community,” Professor Bowman said.

“We want to do a lot more around health, nursing in particular, but also mental health and health research that will help solve future and current health challenges.”