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The health workforce in Australia is large and diverse, covering many occupations, ranging from highly qualified professionals to support staff and volunteers. Health occupations comprise workers who diagnose and treat physical and mental illnesses and conditions or recommend, administer, dispense and develop medications and treatment to promote or restore good health.
The registered health workforce in Australia includes:
In 2013, there were 593,188 registered health practitioners. Over half of these (344,190) were nurses or midwives-almost 3 times the size of the next largest group, medical practitioners.
1 = Dental hygieniests; 2 = Dental prosthetists; 3 = Dental therapists; 4 = Oral health therapists; 5 = Chinese medicine practitioners; 6 = Podiatrists; 7 = Osteopaths; 8 = Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners.
Source: National Health Workforce Data Set 2013
Most recent data on the community services workforce is included in Australia’s welfare 2013 (Chapter 9). Older data is available in previous editions of Australia's welfare, and Information relating to the community services workforce (2006).
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