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released: 10 Sep 2013 author: AIHW media release

This report outlines the workforce characteristics of 11 allied health practitioners for 2011 and 2012. In 2012, more than 4 in 5 registered practitioners were actively employed in their profession (from 76.2% for psychologists to 92.3% for podiatrists). For most professions there were more women than men employed. The average working week for employed practitioners ranged from 31.8 hours for Chinese medicine practitioners to 40.5 hours for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners.

ISSN 1446-9820; ISBN 978-1-74249-489-0; Cat. no. HWL 51; 231pp.; $24

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Notes
    • Summary
      • Registered allied health practitioners
      • Employed registered allied health practitioners
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 Registration of allied health practitioners
      • 1.2 Allied health workforce surveys
      • 1.3 Workforce supply
      • 1.4 Geographic distribution of the workforce
      • 1.5 Structure of this report
      • 1.6 Additional information
    • 2 Composition of the allied health workforce
    • 3 Psychology workforce
      • At a glance
      • 3.1 Workforce status
      • 3.2 Psychologists employed in psychology
      • 3.3 Geographic profile of employed psychologists
      • 3.4 Sources of new entrants and re-entrants to the psychology workforce
    • 4 Pharmacy workforce
      • At a glance
      • 4.1 Workforce status
      • 4.2 Pharmacists employed in pharmacy
      • 4.3 Geographic profile of employed pharmacists
      • 4.4 Sources of new entrants and re-entrants to the pharmacy workforce
    • 5 Physiotherapy workforce
      • At a glance
      • 5.1 Workforce status
      • 5.2 Physiotherapists employed in physiotherapy
      • 5.3 Geographic profile of employed physiotherapists
      • 5.4 Sources of new entrants and re-entrants to the physiotherapy workforce
    • 6 Occupational therapy workforce
      • At a glance
      • 6.1 Workforce status
      • 6.2 Occupational therapists employed in occupational therapy
      • 6.3 Geographic profile of employed occupational therapists
      • 6.4 Sources of new entrants and re-entrants to the occupational therapy workforce
    • 7 Medical radiation practitioner workforce
      • At a glance
      • 7.1 Workforce status
      • 7.2 Medical radiation practitioners employed as a medical radiation practitioner
      • 7.3 Geographic profile of employed medical radiation practitioners
      • 7.4 Sources of new entrants and re-entrants to the medical radiation practitioner workforce
    • 8 Optometry workforce
      • At a glance
      • 8.1 Workforce status
      • 8.2 Optometrists employed in optometry
      • 8.3 Geographic profile of employed optometrists
      • 8.4 Sources of new entrants and re-entrants to the optometry workforce
    • 9 Chiropractic workforce
      • At a glance
      • 9.1 Workforce status
      • 9.2 Chiropractors employed as a chiropractor
      • 9.3 Geographic profile of employed chiropractors
      • 9.4 Sources of new entrants and re-entrants to the chiropractic workforce
    • 10 Chinese medicine practitioner workforce
      • At a glance
      • 10.1 Workforce status
      • 10.2 Chinese medicine practitioners employed as a Chinese medicine practitioner
      • 10.3 Geographic profile of employed Chinese medicine practitioners
      • 10.4 Sources of new entrants and re-entrants to the Chinese medicine practitioner workforce
    • 11 Podiatry workforce
      • At a glance
      • 11.1 Workforce status
      • 11.2 Podiatrists employed in podiatry
      • 11.3 Geographic profile of employed podiatrists
      • 11.4 Sources of new entrants and re-entrants to the podiatry workforce
    • 12 Osteopathy workforce
      • At a glance
      • 12.1 Workforce status
      • 12.2 Osteopaths employed in osteopathy
      • 12.3 Geographic profile of employed osteopaths
      • 12.4 Sources of new entrants and re-entrants to the osteopathy workforce
    • 13 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner workforce
      • At a glance
      • 13.1 Workforce status
      • 13.2 Registered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners employed in Australia
      • 13.3 Geographic profile of employed registered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners
      • 13.5 Sources of new entrants and re-entrants to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner workforce
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A: Tables for National Health Workforce Data Set: allied health practitioners 2011
        • A.1 Composition of the allied health workforce
        • A.2 Psychology workforce
        • A.3 Pharmacy workforce
        • A.4 Physiotherapy workforce
        • A.5 Optometry workforce
        • A.6 Chiropractic workforce
        • A.7 Podiatry workforce
        • A.8 Osteopathy workforce
      • Appendix B: Data Quality Statement National Health Workforce Data Set: allied health practitioners 2012
        • Summary of key issues
        • Description
        • Institutional environment
        • Timeliness
        • Accessibility
        • Interpretability
        • Relevance
        • Accuracy
        • Coherence
      • Appendix C: Number of allied health practitioners registered by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
      • Appendix D: Population estimates
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes
    • Related publications
    • Workforce survey
    • Technical notes

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  1. (11 Sep 2013) Minor correction to summary - 4% osteopaths corrected to 1.4% osteopaths.
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Recommended citation

AIHW 2013. Allied health workforce 2012. National health workforce series 5. Cat. no. HWL 51. Canberra: AIHW.