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National Healthcare Agreement: PI 33-Full time equivalent employed health practitioners per 1,000 population (by age group), 2015

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termProgress measure
Short name:Help on this termPI 33-Full time equivalent health workforce, 2015
METeOR identifier:Help on this term559000
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 08/07/2016
Description:Help on this termFull time equivalent employed health practitioner rate (for the professions of medical practitioners, nurses/midwives, dental practitioners and allied health practitioners).
Indicator set:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement (2015) Health, Superseded 08/07/2016
Outcome area:Help on this termSustainability Health, Standard 07/07/2010
Quality statement:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement: PI 33-Full time equivalent employed health practitioners per 1,000 population (by age group), 2015 QS Health, Superseded 08/07/2016

Collection and usage attributes

Computation description:Help on this term

For this indicator, 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 from regular work, working outside the profession, working in the profession but on extended leave of 3 months or more or working outside Australia.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) number = Total hours worked by workforce ÷ Standard working week for selected professions.

For the purpose of this indicator, a fulltime working week has been defined as 40 hours for medical practitioners and as 38 hours for dental practitioners, nurses and midwives, and allied health practitioners.

Allied health practitioners comprises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners, Chinese medical practitioners, chiropractors, medical radiation practitioners, occupational therapists, optometrists, osteopaths, pharmacists, physiotherapists, podiatrists and psychologists.

Computation:Help on this term100,000 × (Numerator ÷ Denominator)
Numerator:Help on this termFull-time equivalent (FTE) number in the workforce in the reference year
Numerator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetMedical practitioner—hours worked, total NNN
Data Source
AIHW Health Labour Force Surveys
NMDS / DSS
Health labour force NMDS
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetHealth professional—hours worked (in all jobs), total NNN
Data Source
AIHW Health Labour Force Surveys
NMDS / DSS
Health labour force NMDS
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetHealth professional—occupation, code ANN
Data Source
AIHW Health Labour Force Surveys
NMDS / DSS
Health labour force NMDS
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Occupation codes for the selected occupations initially available are A01 to A06 and C01 to C98
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Medical practitioner—hours worked
Data Source
State/territory health practitioner registration board data
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Health professional—hours worked (in all jobs)
Data Source
State/territory health practitioner registration board data
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Health professional—occupation
Data Source
State/territory health practitioner registration board data
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product
Occupation codes for the selected occupations initially available are A01 to A06 and C01 to C98
Denominator:Help on this term

Australian population in the reference year

Denominator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetPerson—estimated resident population of Australia, total people N[N(7)]
Data Source
ABS Estimated resident population (total population)
Guide for use
Data source type: Census-based plus administrative by-product data
Disaggregation:Help on this term

2013 —State and territory by age group by profession for the following professions:

  • medical practitioners
  • nursing and midwifery
  • dental practitioners
  • allied health practitioners
Disaggregation data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetHealth professional—principal role, code N
Data Source
AIHW Health Labour Force Surveys
NMDS / DSS
Health labour force NMDS
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Principle place of practice-Australian state/territory identifier
Data Source
AIHW Health Labour Force Surveys
NMDS / DSS
Health labour force NMDS
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Health professional—principal role
Data Source
State/territory health practitioner registration board data
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Establishment—Australian state/territory identifier
Data Source
State/territory health practitioner registration board data
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product
Data Element / Data SetHealth professional—occupation, code ANN
Data Source
AIHW Health Labour Force Surveys
NMDS / DSS
Health labour force NMDS
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Occupation codes for the selected occupations initially available are A01 to A06 and C01 to C98
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Health professional—occupation
Data Source
State/territory health practitioner registration board data
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product

Comments:Help on this term

Most recent data available for the 2015 National Healthcare Agreement (NHA) performance reporting: 2013.

The 2013 workforce data was sourced by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Health Workforce Australia (HWA).

Full-time equivalent (FTE) employed health practitioner rates calculated from the National Health Workforce Data Set are available on a national basis from 2011. 

For medical practitioners, nurses and midwives, dental practitioners and allied health practitioners, 10-year age groups will be needed to support the disaggregation by state and territory. Age groups are: under 25, 25–34, 35–44, 45–54, 55–64 and 65 or over.

Status of the calculation of fulltime equivalent employed health practitioner rate for professions is:

  1. Medical practitioner workforce:  Data for 2013 are available.  
  2. Nursing and midwifery workforce: Data for 2013 are available.
  3. Dental workforce: Data for 2013 are available.
  4. Allied health workforce: Data for 2013 are available. The allied health workforce comprises the professions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners, Chinese medical practitioners, chiropractors, medical radiation practitioners, occupational therapists, optometrists, osteopaths, pharmacists, physiotherapists, podiatrists and psychologists.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termRate
Data type:Help on this termReal
Unit of measure:Help on this termPerson
Format:Help on this termN[N].N

Indicator conceptual framework

Framework and dimensions:Help on this termEfficiency & Sustainability

Data source attributes

Data sources:Help on this term
Data SourceAIHW Health Labour Force Surveys
Frequency
Annual
Data custodian
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Data SourceState/territory health practitioner registration board data
Frequency
Annual
Data custodian
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Data SourceABS Estimated resident population (total population)
Frequency
Quarterly
Quality statement
ABS Estimated resident population (total population), QS
Data custodian
Australian Bureau of Statistics

Accountability attributes

Reporting requirements:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement
Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
Further data development / collection required:Help on this term

Specification: Minor work required, the measure needs minor work to meet the intention of the indicator.

Relational attributes

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See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 12-Waiting times for GPs, 2015 Health, Superseded 08/07/2016

Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 33-Full time equivalent employed health practitioners per 1,000 population (by age group), 2014 Health, Superseded 14/01/2015

Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement: PI 33–Full time equivalent employed health practitioners per 1,000 population (by age group), 2016 Health, Superseded 31/01/2017

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