Growing and supporting the Tasmanian Nursing and Midwifery workforce: a collaborative endeavour

Professor Karen Francis

University of Tasmania, Tasmania, Australia

Who lives in Tasmania

  • Population demographics
  • Trends
  • Predictions

 Health and health care in Tasmania

  • Population health data
    • Morbidity
    • Mortality
    • Predictions

Health services

  • Employers/Providers
  • Health workforce
  • Workforce planning

 Nursing and midwifery

  • Current workforce
    • Age
    • Gender
    • Qualifications
    • Employment
  • Distribution
  • Predicted needs (RN, RM and EN)
    • Where
    • When
    • Currency (Qualifications/skills)


  • Entry to practice
    • RN, RM & EN
      • University of Tasmania
        • Flexibility
        • New RN standards
      • Other providers
  • Specialist education/training
    • Post grad formal qualifications specialist and general
    • Short courses (stand alone and scaffolding)
    • Professional development
      • Internal
      • external providers
      • self initiated

 Collaborations and partnerships

 Common agendas

    • Recruitment
    • retention
    • Shared learnings
    • skillmix
    • Capability and capacity
  • Targeted deliverables
    • Negotiated
    • Addresses need
    • Dynamic
    • Contemporary
    • affordable
  • Shared resourcing
    • Expertise
    • venues for delivery
    • marketing
    • financial


  • A well prepared, flexible, future proofed nursing and midwifery workforce.


Professor Francis  is the Head of Nursing, University of Tasmania. She has over 30 years teaching experience at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in nursing, allied health and medical programs at a number of Australian and international Universities. Her research interests and expertise are in the areas of health workforce particularly rural health and rural nursing. Professor Francis is recognised nationally and internationally for her contribution to the development of rural nursing as a specialist discipline.  She has a significant publication track record that is inclusive of over 160 scholarly papers, 5 books and 27 chapters in edited books.