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released: 19 Aug 2011 author: AIHW media release

The supply of nurses increased by 6.2% between 2005 and 2009, from 1,040 full time equivalent (FTE) nurses per 100,000 population to 1,105 FTE nurses based on a 38-hour week. This was mainly a result of both a 13.3% increase in the number of employed nurses, and a 0.9% increase in the average hours they worked over this period. Nursing continued to be a female dominated profession, with females comprising 90.4% of employed nurses in 2009 (down slightly from 92.1% in 2005).

ISSN 1446 9820; ISBN 978-1-74249-194-3; Cat. no. AUS 139; 7pp.; Internet Only

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Nursing and midwifery labour force detailed tables

Nursing and midwifery labour force time series 1995 to 2009 1

Nursing and midwifery labour force survey questionnaires

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  1. (25 Oct 2011) Nursing and midwifery labour force time series 1995 to 2009 detailed tables added.

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AIHW 2011. Nursing and midwifery labour force 2009. AIHW bulletin no. 90. Cat. no. AUS 139. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 1 October 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737419682>.