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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 2014, there were 610,148 registered health practitioners. Over half of these (352,838) were nurses or midwives—over 3 times the size of the next largest group, medical practitioners.
1 = Dental hygienists; 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: AIHW National Health Workforce Data Set.
Note: People can be registered in more than one profession.
Most recent data on the community services workforce is included in Australia’s welfare 2015 (Chapter 2.3). Older data is available in previous editions of Australia's welfare, and Information relating to the community services workforce (2006).
More workforce publications from the AIHW can be found at workforce publications.
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For more information about Health workforce trends in local areas see our Dynamic data for Australia's registered health workforce by location
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Information in this workforce page was last reviewed in Feb 2016.