The latest report on the pharmacy labour force from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that the proportion of female pharmacists continues to increase. Pharmacy Labour Force 1995 shows that the proportion of female pharmacists in community (retail) pharmacy increased from 37.6% in 1992 to 39.9% in 1995, and in hospital pharmacy from 64.0% in 1992 to 66.9% in 1995.
Head of the AIHW's Labour Force Unit, Mr John Harding, said that the proportion of female new graduates has stabilised at just over 60% after achieving a high of 66.7% in 1991.
The report also shows that the ethnic composition of new graduates in pharmacy has changed significantly. Mr Harding said that the proportion born in Australia fell from 73.4% in 1991 to 56.7% in 1996. Over this period, the proportion of Australian permanent resident new graduates born in Vietnam increased from 3.5% to 16.6% and in Hong Kong from 1.6% to 5.4%. The proportion born in Asian countries altogether increased from 10.6% to 32.9% during the 5 years.
Other findings of the report included:
7 August 1998
Further information: John Harding, ph. 02 6244 1153.
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