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released: 23 Jan 2013 author: AIHW media release

The supply of employed medical practitioners in Australia increased from 344.6 to 381.4 full-time equivalent practitioners per 100,000 population between 2007 and 2011, which reflected a 10.7% rise in practitioner numbers. The gender balance continued to shift, with women making up 37.6% of practitioners in 2011 compared with 34% in 2007. Specialists-in-training in the public sector worked the most average hours per week (47.6) while general practitioners in the public sector worked the least (20.5).

ISSN 1446 9820; ISBN 978-1-74249-396-1; Cat. no. HWL 49; 79pp.; $18.00

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso page
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Technical notes
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 Medical practitioners in Australia
      • 1.2 National registration of medical practitioners
      • 1.3 Medical Workforce Survey
      • 1.4 Additional information
    • 2 Registered medical practitioners
      • 2.1 At a glance
      • 2.2 Workforce status
    • 3 Medical practitioners employed in medicine in Australia
      • 3.1 Age and sex
      • 3.2 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical practitioners
      • 3.3 Field of medicine
        • Clinicians
        • General practitioners
        • Hospital non-specialists
        • Specialists
        • Specialists-in-training
        • Non-clinicians
        • Specialty of practice
      • 3.4 Country of first medical qualification
      • 3.5 Work setting
      • 3.6 Working hours
        • Sex
        • Age
        • Work setting
        • States and territories
        • Remoteness areas
        • Employment sector
    • 4 Supply of medical practitioners
      • 4.1 Overall supply
      • 4.2 Supply of employed clinicians
    • 5 Geographic profile of employed medical practitioners
      • 5.1 Remoteness areas of Australia
        • Major cities
        • Inner regional areas
        • Outer regional areas
        • Remote and Very remote areas
      • 5.2 States and territories of Australia
    • 6 Sources of new entrants and re-entrants to the medical workforce
      • 6.1 Medical practitioner training
      • 6.2 Medical practitioners not employed in medicine
  • End matter
    • Appendix A: Explanatory notes on Medical Workforce 2011 data sources
      • A.1 National Health Workforce Data Set: medical practitioners
        • Background
      • A.2 National Registration and Accreditation Scheme registration data
        • Scope and coverage
        • Data issues
      • A.3 Medical Workforce Survey
        • Scope and coverage
        • Estimation procedures
          • Imputation: estimation for item non-response
          • Weighting: estimation for population non-response
        • Response rate
        • Data issues
          • Sample
          • Survey design
          • Data structure
      • A.4 Data inconsistencies between survey and registration data
      • A.5 Comparison with previous AIHW Medical Labour Force Survey data
        • Differences between the 2011 questionnaire and surveys in previous years
          • Question 2—Temporary resident status and visa category number
          • Questions 3 to 5—Employment
          • Question 10—Principal area of main job in medicine
          • Question 11—Work setting of main job in medicine
          • Question 12—Number of years worked in medicine in Australia
          • Question 13—Number of years practitioner intends to remain in the medical workforce
    • Appendix B: 2011 medical practitioner registration numbers from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
    • Appendix C: Additional information available from the AIHW website
      • Tables
      • Workforce Survey questionnaire
      • User guide for the NHWDS: medical practitioners 2011
    • Appendix D: Population estimates
    • Appendix E: Data Quality Statement: National Health Workforce Data Set: medical practitioners 2011
      • Summary of key issues
      • Description
      • Institutional environment
      • Accessibility
      • Interpretability
      • Relevance
        • Scope and coverage
      • Accuracy
        • Response rates and mode
          • Registration data from the NRAS
          • Workforce Survey 2011 sample
          • Workforce Survey 2011 design
          • Inconsistencies between workforce survey and registration data
          • Structure and format of data items
        • Coherence
          • Workforce Survey 2011—coherence with previous data
          • Workforce Survey 2011—coherence with other data sources
    • Glossary  
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes

Notes and corrections

The current version of the publication is presented above. Previous versions of files that have been updated or corrected are presented below.

  1. (20 Feb 2013) Supplementary tables added to 'additional material' tab.
  2. (28 Mar 2013) Table 3.2 on page 13-14 updated.
    Previous version: Medical workforce 2011 (3.3MB PDF)
  3. (9 Apr 2013) Data correction.
    Previous version: Medical workforce 2011 (1.8MB PDF)
  4. (15 Apr 2013) Data correction. All employed practitioners supplementary table
    Previous version - All employed practitioners supplementary table (185KB XLS)

Recommended citation

AIHW 2013. Medical workforce 2011. National health workforce series. Cat. no. HWL 49. Canberra: AIHW.