Report on the Audit of Health Workforce in Rural and Regional Australia

Total health workforce

Page last updated: April 2008

Table 2.3.11 summarises information on the ratio of all health workers collected through the ABS 2006 Census. The ratio decreases with remoteness for all states as well as nationally.

Table 2.3.11: Total health workers: Ratio per 100,000 population by state/territory and Remoteness Area, 2006

Major Cities

Inner Regional

Outer Regional

Remote

Very Remote

NSW

2,9502,9522,5702,4691,534

VIC

3,3043,3112,9220na

QLD

3,2422,8072,7932,3472,164

WA

3,6882,4792,2292,1052,099

SA

3,9513,1732,7652,2842,329

TAS

na3,8232,8031,6062,905

ACT

2,8763,150nanana

NT

nana3,1363,1782,304

National

3,2413,0622,7332,3522,203

Source: ABS 2006 Census of Population and Housing.

Attachment D provides data on all persons employed in health-related occupations as collected in the ABS 2006 Census and this is broken down to the SLA level. A further breakdown has been provided for nine health professions, however, it must be noted that the number of total health professions includes all health professions and is not limited to the nine that have been explored deeper. The total ratio of persons employed in health related occupations compared to the population varies less across states and territories than do individual professions. Numbers of health workers decrease in proportion to population size with greater remoteness. There is, however, less variation between 'major cities' and regional and remote areas for the total health workforce than there is for individual health professionals.