In 2005, there were 285,619 nurses in Australia, of which:
- 230,578 (80.7%) were registered nurses and
- 55,042 (19.3%) were enrolled nurses.
- 7,488 on extended leave
- 3,108 looking for work in nursing
- 2,081 overseas and
- 28,582 not looking for work in nursing.
Table 3.1.2: Employed nurses: Principal nursing role, 2005
|Family & child health||5,276||2.2|
Source: AIHW, Nursing Labour Force Survey, 2005
Nurse practitionersNurse practitioners are a small, emerging speciality field in the health workforce with an estimated 222 working in Australia at June 20079.
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