Number and rate of ophthalmologists

Measure 4.2: The number of employed ophthalmologists, full-time equivalent (FTE) per 100,000 Australian population.

The size and location of the eye health workforce provides a broad indication of access to eye health services.

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  • In 2017, there were around 930 ophthalmologists employed in Australia (4.0 FTE per 100,000).
  • Between 2012 and 2017, the number of ophthalmologists increased slightly, while the rate remained fairly constant.
  • Major cities had the highest number (782) and rate (4.7 FTE per 100,000) of employed ophthalmologists, followed by Inner regional areas (119, 2.7 FTE per 100,000) and Outer regional areas (26, or 1.5 FTE per 100,000).