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released: 28 Nov 2016 author: AIHW

This report uses a new measure developed by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare—the Geographically-adjusted Index of Relative Supply (GIRS)—to examine the geographic supply of the clinical health workforce in seven key professions with particular relevance to Indigenous Australians. These professions were general practitioners, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, dentists, psychologists and optometrists. Areas with lower GIRS scores are more likely to face workforce supply challenges than those with higher GIRS scores. The GIRS scores were compared with the distribution of the Indigenous population to assess the extent to which Indigenous people live in areas with lower relative levels of workforce supply.

ISBN 978-1-76054-038-8; Cat. no. IHW 170; 81pp.; $14

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
  • Body content
    • 1 Introduction
      • Structure of this report
    • 2 Methods
      • Calculation of the GIRS
      • Data sources
      • Putting it all together
    • 3 General practitioners
      • GP GIRS scores
      • Population distribution
      • Discussion
    • 4 Nurses
      • Nurse GIRS scores
      • Population distribution
      • Discussion
    • 5 Midwives
      • Midwife GIRS scores
      • Population distribution
      • Discussion
    • 6 Pharmacists
      • Pharmacist GIRS scores
      • Population distribution
      • Discussion
    • 7 Dentists
      • Dentist GIRS scores
      • Population distribution
      • Discussion
    • 8 Psychologists
      • Psychologist GIRS scores
      • Population distribution
      • Discussion
    • 9 Optometrists
      • Optometrist GIRS scores
      • Population distribution
      • Discussion
    • 10 Conclusion
      • Discussion
  • End matter
    • Appendix A: Selection of geographic scale
    • Appendix B: Detailed data sources and methods
      • Workforce data
      • Other data sources
      • Geocoding of service locations
      • Population centroids
      • Manual adjustment of area centroids
      • Calculating drive times from population centroid to service locations
      • Proportion of SA2 population within a 1 hour drive of nearest service location
    • Appendix C: Constructing the GIRS for GPs
    • Appendix D: Additional tables
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW 2016. Spatial distribution of the supply of the clinical health workforce 2014: relationship to the distribution of the Indigenous population. Cat. no. IHW 170. Canberra: AIHW.

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