COVID-19 has had far-reaching effects on all sectors of our society, but few sectors have been as directly affected as the health workforce. In this webinar, our two distinguished speakers will discuss how the pandemic has changed the Australian health workforce.

First, Professor Anthony Scott will explore the effects of COVID-19 on the working patterns, mental health and finances of Australian GPs and non-GP specialists working in private practices. His presentation will draw on his recent findings from a Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) survey. Associate Professor Liam Caffery will then discuss telehealth in Australian general practices – before, during and after the pandemic. While telehealth is not new, its uptake was slow and fragmented prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The sudden switch to greater telehealth use has highlighted a number of unexpected outcomes.

The conversation will be moderated by Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite, Founding Director of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation and Chief Investigator of the NHMRC Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability.

Professor Anthony Scott
Professional Fellow, Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social ResearchAnthony Scott

Anthony Scott is the Health and Healthcare Program Coordinator at the Melbourne Institute. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, immediate past President of the Australian Health Economics Society, and a Board Director of the International Health Economics Association. He established the Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) panel survey of 10,000 doctors, and is a Research Lead Investigator in the NHMRC Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability.

Associate Professor Liam Caffery

Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Health Services Research, University of QueenslandLiam Caffery

Liam Caffery has a PhD in Medicine. His research is centred on pragmatic trials of telehealth services. He has a special interest in the use of telehealth for Indigenous health and rural health care delivery. He is involved in telehealth service development, delivery and evaluation across a broad range of telehealth services. Liam uses implementation research principles to understand why telehealth services work well in some scenarios and not others.


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