At 30 June 2018:

  • organisations providing Indigenous primary health services employed nearly 8,000 FTE staff, more than half (54%) of whom were Indigenous. They were assisted by another 270 FTE visiting staff not paid for by the organisations themselves, making a total workforce of around 8,200 FTE staff.
  • health staff represented 59% of employed staff (4,695 FTE) and other staff 41% (3,250 FTE). Nearly half of all health staff were Indigenous (49%), as were 60% of other staff.
  • nurses and midwives were the most common type of health worker (1,148 FTE, or 14% of employed staff), followed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and practitioners (1,014 FTE, or 13%) and GPs (547 FTE, or 7%).
  • organisations reported 445 FTE vacant positions—366 health vacancies and 79 other vacancies. Half of all health vacancies (52%) were for either nurses and midwives (26%) or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers/practitioners (26%).

The following data visualisation provides more information on staffing levels and vacant positions in these organisations.

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