TMA ROLLS UP THEIR SLEEVES TO HELP AN INDUSTRY GROW STRONGER
Our team partnered with ARCS Australia to attend the 2021 ARCS Conference where this year’s theme was centered on the health and life science industry’s pandemic recovery efforts and rebuilding Australia’s competitive advantage in the health space post COVID-19.
For our team it was a great opportunity for us all to re-connect with our peers in the industry and revel in the novelty of being at a face-to-face conference again. You could feel the positive energy amongst the delegates and we were genuinely impressed by the standard of education and panel discussions.
What is ARCS Australia?
ARCS is a national membership-based organisation focused on developing the health, medical and pharmaceutical industries through education, advocacy, and professional development to name but a few things they offer professionals in these spaces.
What was TMA doing at the conference?
TMA was on site to talk to industry professionals about how they can take advantage of the new global talent visa and other skilled migration programs to attract top clinical research and commercial talent.
We are passionate about giving organisations the information they need to make the best hiring decisions for their teams and show them the opportunities they have to access top international talent despite a global pandemic!
It was fantastic to also have many conversations with attendees about the special travel exemption pathways that are available to their specific industry.
What did we learn?
So much that thinking we could fit it all into a blog post was a bit ambitious! But we’ll try. Our top five take-aways from this year’s conference are:
Global talent is the solution to Australia’s clinical research talent shortage
We know and our allied health industry partners know there is a critical shortage of talent in Australia. MTPConnect’s REDI Initiative Skills Gap Analysis concluded there is now, for example, a critical shortage of experienced Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) and Clinical Trial Coordinators (CTCs). The reasons we face this shortage are varied including the time it takes for an individual to build their experience and the demands of the roles. Additionally, CRAs experience a generally high turnover as the talent pool is tight and candidates leverage their experiences to secure senior opportunities elsewhere in the industry.
This leaves organisations seeking the opportunitites to take advantage of global talent to fill these crucial roles.
Facilitating global talent is an industry collaboration
Our ability to support the medical and healthcare industry with a boost of global skillsets is reliant on the industry coming together to collaborate and seize the opportunity to boost our local research, allied health and associated industries with diverse and well-rounded skilled professionals from around the world.
We’ll be partnering with ARCS Australia in the coming months to create pathways for top talent to access the Global Talent Visa Program. This is going to be a incredible opportunity for many of our clients who are only just learning the solutions the Global Talent Program can offer their business.
For many clinical research organisations this program ensures they have the skilled workforce required to remain competitive and attract clinical trials to our shores. TMA have worked with many clients in a tight talent markets by offering fast-tracked permanent residency to Clinical Research Aossicates and Trial Coordinators.
Stay tuned for more info on this exciting collaboration!
Find out more about our education and advocacy solutions via our website and contact us with any questions. We’re ready to chat!