In 1990, the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council commissioned the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare to develop national health labour force statistics about the major registrable health professions. Data collections based on a national minimum data set were developed addressing the labour force planning needs of the health professions, government, service providers and educational institutions. In addition to medicine, published data from the collection are available for dentistry, pharmacy, podiatry, physiotherapy and nursing.

Scope and coverage

The scope of the data is all practitioners registered  with the Medical Board in each State and Territory and eligible to practise.

In some States, the coverage may exclude medical practitioners who registered for the first time during  the current year. These practitioners are not required to renew their registration at the standard renewal  date if the initial registration in that State has occurred  within  the preceding year.