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released: 29 Nov 2013 author: AIHW media release

This report outlines the workforce characteristics of nurses and midwives in 2012. Between 2008 and 2012, the number of nurses and midwives employed in nursing or midwifery increased by 7.5%, from 269,909 to 290,144. During this period, nursing and midwifery supply increased by 0.5%, from 1,117.8 to 1,123.6 full-time equivalent nurses and midwives per 100,000 population. In 2012, the proportion of employed nurses and midwives aged 50 or older was 39.1%, an increase from 35.1% in 2008.

ISSN 1446 9820; ISBN 978-1-74249-517-0; Cat. no. HWL 52; 70pp.; $13

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso page
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
  • Body section
  1. Introduction
  2. Nurses and midwives at a glance
  3. Registered nurses and midwives in Australia
  4. Characteristics of nurses and midwives employed in nursing and midwifery
  5. Supply of nurses and midwives
  6. Geographic profile of employed nurses and midwives
  7. Midwives at a glance
  8. Employed midwives
  9. Education and training
  10. Nurses and midwives not employed in nursing or midwifery
  • End matter
    • Appendix A: Data Quality Statement: National Health Workforce Data Set: nurses and midwives 2012
    • Appendix B: Number of nurses and midwives registered by the Australian Health Practitioner
    • Appendix C: Population estimates
    • Glossary
    • Related publications
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Notes and corrections 

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Previous versions of files that have been updated or corrected are presented below.

  1. (23 Dec 2013) Supplementary tables added.
  2. (13 Aug 2014) Table updated as incorrect line in one table.

Recommended citation

AIHW 2013. Nursing and midwifery workforce 2012. National health workforce series no. 6. Cat. no. HWL 52. Canberra: AIHW.

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