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National Healthcare Agreement: PI 33–Full time equivalent employed health practitioners per 1,000 population (by age group), 2018

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, 2018
METeOR identifier:Help on this term658465
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 30/01/2018
Description:Help on this term

Full-time equivalent (FTE) employed health practitioners per 100,000 population (for the professions of medical practitioners, nurses/midwives, dental practitioners and allied health practitioners).

Indicator set:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement (2018) Health, Standard 30/01/2018
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), 2018 QS Health, Standard 30/01/2018

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.

FTE number = Total hours worked by workforce ÷ Standard working week for selected professions.

For the purpose of this indicator, a full-time 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 comprise 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 term

100,000 × (Numerator ÷ Denominator)

Numerator:Help on this term

FTE number in the workforce in the reference year

Numerator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element

Medical practitioner—hours worked, total NNN


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Health professional—hours worked (in all jobs), total NNN


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Health professional—occupation, code ANN


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Medical practitioner—hours worked


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Health professional—hours worked (in all jobs)


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Health professional—occupation


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

2016—State and territory by age group by profession for the following professions:

  • medical practitioners
  • nursing and midwifery
  • dental practitioners (not reported)

2015 (not reported), 2016—State and territory by age group by profession for:

  • allied health practitioners
Disaggregation data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element

Health professional—principal role, code N


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Principal place of practice—Australian state/territory identifier


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Health professional—principal role


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Establishment—Australian state/territory identifier


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Health professional—occupation, code ANN


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Health professional—occupation


Comments:Help on this term

Most recent data available for the 2018 National Healthcare Agreement performance reporting: 2016.

The 2016 workforce data was sourced by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the Australian Government Department of Health.

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 full-time equivalent employed health practitioner rate for professions is:

  1. Medical practitioner workforce: Data for 2016 are available.
  2. Nursing and midwifery workforce: Data for 2016 are available.
  3. Dental workforce: Data for 2016 are available.
  4. Allied health workforce: Data for 2016 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 term

N[NNN].N

Indicator conceptual framework

Framework and dimensions:Help on this termEfficiency & Sustainability

Data source attributes

Data sources:Help on this term
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 term

National Healthcare Agreement

Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this term

Australian 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, 2018 Health, Standard 30/01/2018

Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 33–Full time equivalent employed health practitioners per 1,000 population (by age group), 2017 Health, Superseded 30/01/2018

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