Medical doctors and specialists

There are close to 100,000 medical doctors and specialists in Australia. Find out about their work, what we’re doing to increase their numbers in rural and remote areas, and how we support this critical part of our health workforce.

About doctors and specialists

What doctors and specialists are and how they access Medicare.

What we do

How we support doctors and specialists, including international practitioners.

Doctors and specialists in Australia

Facts and figures about doctors and specialists, and how to work as one.

Education and support

How to become qualified, find a job and get support.

National Medical Workforce Strategy

The National Medical Workforce Strategy guides long-term medical workforce planning across Australia. This 10-year strategy will improve access to health care by supporting the right people to have the right skills, where we need them most.

Read about the strategy

Latest resources

Latest resources

MWRAC communique – 19 october 2022

This communique outlines discussions held during the Medical Workforce Reform Advisory Committee’s October 2022 meeting.

TCLTAC communique – 22 November 2022

This communique summarises the meeting of the Transition to College-Led Training Advisory Committee (TCLTAC) held on 22 November 2022.

Fact sheet – HELP for Rural Doctors and Nurse Practitioners

This fact sheet outlines eligibility criteria and obligations for the HELP for Rural Doctors and Nurse Practitioners initiative. It also covers frequently asked questions and case studies relevant to the initiative.

Health Workforce Data

Our Health Workforce Data site gives you access to reports and summary tables about the health workforce in Australia.