3.12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the health workforce

This measure reports on the rate of Indigenous Australians employed in the health workforce.

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Why is it important?

This measure reports on Indigenous Australians employed in the health workforce. Indigenous Australians are significantly under‑represented in the health workforce, which potentially contributes to reduced access to health services for the broader Indigenous Australian population. The Indigenous workforce is integral to ensuring that the health system can address the needs of Indigenous Australians. Indigenous health professionals can align their unique technical and sociocultural skills to improve patient care, improve access to services and ensure culturally appropriate care in the services that they and their non‑Indigenous colleagues deliver (Anderson et al. 2009; West et al. 2010).

Related measures

Data sources

  • Medical Labour Force Survey
  • National Health Workforce Data Set

References

  • NIDAC (National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee) 2014. Alcohol and other drug treatment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs.