Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Indicator type:||Progress measure|
|Short name:||PI 33–Full time equivalent health workforce, 2018|
|Registration status:||Health, Superseded 19/06/2019|
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|Indicator set:||National Healthcare Agreement (2018) Health, Superseded 16/06/2019|
|Outcome area:||Sustainability Health, Standard 07/07/2010|
|Quality statement:||National 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
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.
100,000 × (Numerator ÷ Denominator)
FTE number in the workforce in the reference year
|Numerator data elements:|
Australian population in the reference year
|Denominator data elements:|
2016—State and territory by age group by profession for the following professions:
2015 (not reported), 2016—State and territory by age group by profession for:
|Disaggregation data elements:|
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:
|Unit of measure:||Person|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||Efficiency & Sustainability|
Data source attributes
National Healthcare Agreement
|Organisation responsible for providing data:|
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
|Further data development / collection required:|
Specification: Minor work required, the measure needs minor work to meet the intention of the indicator.
|Related metadata references:|
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 12–Waiting times for GPs, 2018 Health, Superseded 19/06/2019
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
Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement: PI 33–Full time equivalent employed health practitioners per 1,000 population (by age group), 2019 Health, Superseded 13/03/2020