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released: 28 Jun 2012 author: AIHW media release

Between 2007 and 2011, the number of nurses and midwives employed in nursing increased by 7.7% from 263,331 to 283,577. Over this period, the supply of nurses and midwives decreased by 1.3% from 1,095.1 to 1,081.1 full-time equivalent positions per 100,000 population. The average age of the workforce increased from 43.7 to 44.5, and the proportion of nurses and midwives aged 50 or older increased from 33.0% to 38.6%.

ISSN 1446 9820; ISBN 978-1-74249-319-0; Cat. no. HWL 48; 50pp.; Internet Only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Technical notes
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • Nurses and midwives in Australia
      • National registration of nurses and midwives
      • Nursing and Midwifery Workforce Survey
      • Additional information
    • 2 Registered and enrolled nurses and direct entry midwives
      • At a glance
      • Workforce status
    • 3 Nurses and midwives employed in nursing and midwifery in Australia
      • Age and sex
      • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives
      • Role in nursing and midwifery
      • Area of nursing and midwifery
      • Country of first nursing and midwifery qualification
      • Work setting
      • Working hours
    • 4 Supply of nurses and midwives
      • Overall supply
      • Supply of employed nurses and midwives
    • 5 Regional profile of employed nurses and midwives
      • Remoteness areas of Australia
      • States and territories of Australia
    • 6 Selected characteristics of midwives
      • Overview
      • Area of nursing or midwifery
      • Remoteness areas of Australia
      • States and territories of Australia
    • 7 Sources of new entrants and re-entrants to the nursing and midwifery workforce
      • Nurse training
      • Nurses and midwives not employed in nursing or midwifery
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A: Explanatory notes on Nursing and Midwifery Workforce 2011 data sources
      • Appendix B: 2010 nursing and midwifery registration numbers from state and territory boards/councils
      • Appendix C: Additional information available from the AIHW website
      • Appendix D: Population estimates
      • Appendix E: Data Quality Statement: National Health Workforce Data Set: nurses and midwives 2011
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

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  1. (15 Apr 2013) Supplementary tables updated.
    Previous version: Enrolled nurses, clinical area, tables 1-9 (108KB XLS) 
    Previous version: Enrolled nurses, demographic overview, tables 1-12 (139KB XLS)  
    Previous version: Enrolled nurses, work setting, tables 1-13 (146KB XLS) 
    Previous version: Registered nurses, clinical area, tables 1-9 (115KB XLS)  
    Previous version: Registered nurses, demographic overview, tables 1-12 (139KB XLS)  
    Previous version: Registered nurses, work setting, tables 1-13 (263KB XLS
    Previous version: Registered and enrolled nurses, clinical area, tables 1-10 (125KB XLS) 
    Previous version: Registered and enrolled nurses, demographic overview, tables 1-12 (145KB XLS)
    Previous version: Registered and enrolled nurses, work setting, tables 1-13 (169KB XLS)

Recommended citation

AIHW 2012. Nursing and midwifery workforce 2011. National health workforce series no. 2. Cat. no. HWL 48. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 24 April 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737422167>.