Medical experts are calling for a national training program to increase the public workforce in all areas to deal with future pandemics as well as general care.

The call was made at forum this week which was organised by the Public Health Association of Australia in partnership with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine.

Dr Megan Campbell is a medical advisor for NACCHO and says while there are some state level training programs, there needs to be a national solution and all governments need to invest.

She also says any program would need competencies in dealing with First Nations people.

Adam Evans spoke to Dr Campbell following the symposium.