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released: 13 Oct 2010 author: AIHW media release

In 2008 the total number of registered and enrolled nurses estimated by the Nursing and Midwifery Labour Force Survey was 312,736, an increase of 10.6% since 2004. The nursing workforce continued to age between 1997 and 2008; the proportion of nurses aged 50 years or over increased from 18.9% to 34.4%.The number of full time equivalent nurses per 100,000 population increased by 15.2% between 2004 and 2008, and the profession continued to be predominantly female, with females comprising 91% of employed nurses in 2008.

ISSN 1446-9820; ISBN 978-1-74249-066-3; Cat. no. AUS 130; 0pp.; INTERNET ONLY

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  • Highlights
  • Demographic characteristics
  • Work characteristics
  • Regional distribution
  • Indigenous participation in the nursing workforce
  • Data sources
  • Further information
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AIHW 2010. Nursing and midwifery labour force 2008. Cat. no. AUS 130. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 31 May 2016 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468396>.

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