National Healthcare Agreement: P65-Net growth in health workforce, 2010
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||Net growth in health workforce, 2010|
|Registration status:||Health, Superseded 08/06/2011|
|Description:||Net growth in the health workforce (for the professions of medical practitioners, dentists and nurses/midwives)|
|Indicator set:||National Healthcare Agreement (2010) Health, Superseded 08/06/2011|
|Outcome area:||Sustainability Health, Standard 07/07/2010|
|Quality statement:||National Healthcare Agreement: P65-Net growth in health workforce, 2010 QS Health, Superseded 08/06/2011|
Collection and usage attributes
The workforce for each profession is defined as those employed in the profession. This excludes those who are registered in the profession but are retired, working outside the profession, on extended leave or working outside Australia.
FTE = Total hours worked by workforce ÷ Standard working week for selected professions.
The standard working week for medical practitioners is 40 hours, and the standard working week for nurses/midwives and dentists is 38 hours.
|Computation:||100 x ((Numerator - Denominator) ÷ Denominator)|
|Numerator:||Full-time equivalent (FTE) number in the workforce in the reference year|
|Numerator data elements:|
|Denominator:||Full-time equivalent (FTE) number in the workforce in the year prior to the reference year|
|Denominator data elements:|
|Disaggregation data elements:|
Specified disaggregation: Nationlly and state/territory by profession, clinician/non-clinician status.
Available disaggregation: Nationlly and state/territory by profession, clinician/non-clinician status.
Most recent data available for 2010 CRC baseline report: 2007 (medical practitioner and nursing/midwifery labour force data), 2006 (dentist labour force data).
|Unit of measure:||Person|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||Efficiency & Sustainability|
Data source attributes
|Reporting requirements:||National Healthcare Agreement|
|Organisation responsible for providing data:||Australian Institute of Health and Welfare|
|Further data development / collection required:|
Initially only medical practitioners, dentists and nurses/midwives can be reported on. As the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme data become available, information on all 11 professions covered by that scheme (medical, dental, nursing, midwifery, optometry, osteopathy, occupational therapists, pharmacy, physiotherapy, psychology and chiropractic) could be used. From 2012, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners, Chinese medicine practitioners and medical radiation practitioners will also be included in the Scheme.
Questionnaires used to collect workforce information as part of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme will need to be designed carefully to ensure the relevant data on labour force status and hours worked are collected.
|Other issues caveats:|
Until data are available from the new National Registration and Accreditation Scheme, the only available data will be for medical practitioners, dentists and nurses/midwives.
For the medical practitioner workforce, report net growth between 2005 and 2006, and between 2006 and 2007 (i.e. two measures).
For the dental workforce, report net growth between 2005 and 2006 (most recent workforce data).
For the nursing/midwifery workforce, report net growth between 2005 and 2007 (2006 data are not available).
|Related metadata references:|
See also National Healthcare Agreement: P14-Waiting times for GP's, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011
See also National Healthcare Agreement: P24-GP-type services, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011
See also National Healthcare Agreement: P64a-Indigenous Australians in the health workforce, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011, Indigenous, Archived 08/06/2011
See also National Healthcare Agreement: P64b-Indigenous Australians in the health workforce, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011
Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement: PI 65-Net growth in health workforce, 2011 Health, Superseded 31/10/2011