The health and welfare workforces deliver diverse services through many private and public organisations. Combined, there are more than 1 million people employed in delivery of health and welfare services in Australia. Some occupations, for example nurses, are represented in both workforces.
medical practitioners were employed in 2015
people were employed in the welfare workforce in 2014
There were about 57 dentists, 4 dental therapists, 5 dental hygienists per 100,000 people
people (34% of the welfare workforce) were early childhood education and care workers, 116,000 (26%) were aged and disabled care workers
nurses and midwives were employed in 2015
Up-to-date workforce summary statistics can be found on the Department of Health website
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