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released: 31 Oct 2008 author: AIHW media release

This report presents demographic and labour force statistics on the medical profession in Australia and trends in the number of employed doctors. It is based on the main findings of the 2006 national survey of registered medical practitioners. Information presented includes a national and state/territory overview of the number of medical practitioners (including age and sex, field of medicine, working hours and where they work), their geographic region and overall supply.

ISSN 1327-4309; ISBN 978 1 74024 836 5; Cat. no. HWL 42; 80pp.; $26.00

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Half title and verso pages
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols and other usages
    • Summary
  • Body sections
    1. Introduction
      • 1.1 Medical practitioners in Australia
      • 1.2 AIHW Medical Labour Force Survey
      • 1.3 Other sources of data on medical practitioners
      • 1.4 Additional information
    2. Registered medical practitioners
    3. Medical practitioners employed in medicine
      • 3.1 Age and sex
      • 3.2 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical practitioners
      • 3.3 Field of medicine
      • 3.4 Country of first medical qualification
      • 3.5 Working hours
      • 3.6 Work setting and sector
    4. Supply of practitioners
      • 4.1 Overall supply
      • 4.2 Supply of clinicians
    5. Regional comparisons
      • 5.1 Remoteness Areas
      • 5.2 States and territories
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      1. Explanatory notes on the AIHW Medical Labour Force Survey
      2. Medical practitioner registration numbers
      3. Medicare data
      4. 2006 Census of Population and Housing data
      5. National public hospital establishments data
      6. Additional information available from the AIHW website
      7. Population estimates
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Notes and corrections

  1. (24 March 2009) Tables 1.9 and 2.7 now contain Full-time equivalent (FTE) data based on a 38 hour week.

Recommended citation

AIHW 2008. Medical labour force 2006. Cat. no. HWL 42. Canberra: AIHW.

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