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

Allied health workforce

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An Australian Health Workforce Advisory Committee (AHWAC) 2006 report, Australian Allied Health Workforce: An Overview of Workforce Planning Issues, analysed information from a number of sources, including the ABS 2001 Census, various labour force surveys and information collected by Services for Rural and Remote Allied Health Inc (SARRAH). It found that, overall, there were 52,388 allied health professionals in 2004. This is equivalent to 23 allied health professionals per 100,000 population. The report, however, did not provide a precise definition of allied health and what allied health professionals were included in this count. This is a stark contrast to the 226,400 allied health professionals identified in the ABS 2006 Census (Attachment D).