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released: 25 Nov 2004 author: AIHW media release

This report presents demographic and labour force statistics on the medical profession in Australia. It is based on the main findings of the 2002 national survey of registered medical practitioners. Information presented in the report includes the number of registered practitioners in each state and territory, their age and sex profiles, areas of practice, medical specialties and hours worked. The report also includes comparisons with the medical profession five years earlier using data from the 1997 national survey of registered medical practitioners.

Cat. no. HWL 30; 26pp.; OUT OF PRINT

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title page and verso
    • Contents
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols and other usages
  • Sections
    1. Main findings
    2. Composition of the medical labour force
      • Size
      • Age and sex
      • Occupation
    3. Working hours
      • Occupation
      • Sex
      • Overall supply of practitioners
    4. Geographic comparisons
      • Regions
        • Distribution
        • Inter-regional service delivery in 2002
        • Regional supply in 2002
      • States and territories
        • Distribution
        • Supply of practitioners
        • Primary care practitioners
  • End Matter
    • Appendix A: Detailed tables
    • Appendix B: Explanatory notes
      • Method
      • Scope and coverage
      • Response rate
      • Break in series
      • Notes on the AIHW labour force estimates
    • Glossary
    • References

Notes and corrections:

  • Significant changes were made to the survey design in 2000. Data from the 1997 to 1999 surveys have been revised to enable time series comparisons.
  • New table added August 2005.
  • 20 November 2006: In Table 5 the number of practitioners per 100,000 population has been amended for each main occupation in major cities and inner regional areas.

Recommended citation

AIHW 2004. Medical labour force 2002. Cat. no. HWL 30. Canberra: AIHW.