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Question Without Notice No. 368 asked in the Legislative Council on 17 April 2020 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 17 April 2020

CORONAVIRUS — HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE

368. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to the health worker recruitment campaign announced by the minister on 17 March 2020, with the first recruitment focused on clinical staff.

(1) How many staff have been successfully recruited through this campaign to date, and can the minister please indicate how many have commenced their clinical position?

(2) Given the highly successful flattening of the curve within Western Australia to date, does the minister anticipate that the number of staff initially proposed will still be required?

(3) Given that as of 17 April 2020 Rural Health West still has 221 vacancies across regional Western Australia, would the government consider offering a redeployment to any of these new recruits to ease staff shortages in regional WA?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) To date, 791 applicants have been recommended to the clinical recruitment pool.

(2) WA Health is rapidly assessing all applications and appointing all suitable candidates into a pool, from which they will be deployed when the surge occurs.

(3) The current recruitment campaign requires the WA Country Health Service to assess all applications received from regional WA via the recruitment drive to fill vacancies in regional areas. Additionally, WACHS has been working with Rural Health West in recruiting two regional positions.