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released: 6 Mar 2009 author: AIHW media release

In 2006, over 9% of Australia's workforce was employed in health and community services occupations - a 26% increase from 2001. Between 2001 and 2006 the health workforce and community services workforce increased by 22.8% and 35.6% respectively. Over the same period, the health and community services workforce aged with the proportion of workers in the 55 to 64 years age bracket increasing by 4 percentage points. This report also contains information on geographical distribution, country of birth and qualifications held.

ISSN 1327-4309; ISBN 978 1 74024 891 4; Cat. no. HWL 43; 80pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Symbols and other usages
    • Summary
  • Body section
    1. Introduction
      1. Report structure
      2. Classification of census occupation data
      3. Census counts
      4. Scope of this report
    2. Overview of health and community services occupations and related industries
      1. Size and mix of occupations
        1. Health workers
        2. Community services workers
      2. Size and mix of industries
      3. Geographic comparison of workers
        1. States and territories
        2. Remoteness Areas
    3. Characteristics of health and community services workers
      1. Characteristics in detail
        1. Industry of health and community services workers
        2. Demographics of workers
        3. Indigenous health and community services workers
        4. Hours worked
        5. Highest qualification
      2. Health occupations
        1. Medical practitioners
        2. Medical imaging workers
        3. Dental workers
        4. Nursing workers
        5. Pharmacists
        6. Allied health workers
        7. Complementary therapies workers
        8. Other health workers
      3. Community services occupations
        1. Child and youth services workers
        2. Family services workers
        3. Disability services workers and aged or disabled care workers
        4. Other community services workers
    4. Geographic distribution
      1. States and territories
        1. Health workers
        2. Community services workers
      2. Remoteness Areas
        1. Health workers
        2. Community services workers
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      1. Explanatory notes
        • A1.1 Scope
        • A1.2 Occupation
        • A1.3 Industry
        • A1.4 Qualifications
        • A1.5 Region
        • A1.6 Counts
      2. Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) codes used in this report
      3. Australian and New Zealand Standard Industry Classification (ANZSIC): Division Q: health care and social assistance
      4. Additional tables
      5. Tables available from the AIHW website 1
    • References
    • 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. Appendix 5 was not available as part of the printed copy. (20 March 2009)
  2. (22 Sept 2011) Amendments to Section 3.3.3 on page 38.
    First and third paragraphs: The first  paragraph contains incorrect data and the discussion amended to discuss the size of the overall disability services workers and aged and/or disabled care workers group. The third paragraph has had the sentence “Teachers of the sight impaired were the smallest proportion (0.6%)” included.
    Table 3.19: heading of third column from the left reads “Change between 2001 and” corrected to read “Change between 2001 and 2006 (%)”.Previous version - Health and community services labour force 2006 (PDF)

Recommended citation

AIHW 2009. Health and community services labour force 2006. Cat. no. HWL 43. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 23 July 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468220>.