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National Healthcare Agreement: PI 33–Full time equivalent employed health practitioners per 1,000 population (by age group), 2020

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, 2020
METeOR identifier:Help on this term716869
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 13/03/2020
Description:Help on this term

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

Indicator set:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement (2020) Health, Standard 13/03/2020
Outcome area:Help on this termSustainability Health, Standard 07/07/2010

Collection and usage attributes

Computation description:Help on this term

For this indicator, the workforce for each profession is defined as those employed in Australia 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 all other practitioners.

Allied dental practitioners comprise dental therapists, dental prosthetists, dental hygienists and oral health therapists.

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

Since 2012–13, data have been presented as a rate per 100,000 population to improve interpretability (previously per 1,000 population).

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

Health profession—registered profession code, code AAAA


Data Source
National Health Workforce Dataset
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey-based plus administrative by-product data


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Total FTE—based on hours worked (in all jobs), total NNN


Data Source
National Health Workforce Dataset
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey-based plus administrative by-product data


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

2018—State and territory by age group by profession for the following professions:

  • medical practitioners
  • nursing and midwifery
  • dentists
  • allied dental practitioners
  • allied health practitioners
Disaggregation data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element

Health profession—registered profession code, code AAAA


Data Source
National Health Workforce Dataset
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey-based plus administrative by-product data


Data Element / Data SetData Element

State—Australian state/territory identifier


Data Source
National Health Workforce Dataset
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey-based plus administrative by-product data


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Age group—age


Data Source
National Health Workforce Dataset
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey-based plus administrative by-product data


Comments:Help on this term

Most recent data available for the 2020 National Healthcare Agreement performance reporting: 2018.

The 2018 National Health Workforce Dataset was sourced from 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, dentists, allied 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 2018 are available.
  2. Nursing and midwifery workforce: Data for 2018 are available.
  3. Dental workforce: Data for 2018 are available.
  4. Allied health workforce: Data for 2018 are available. The allied health workforce comprises the professions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners, Chinese medicine 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 SourceNational Health Workforce Dataset
Data custodian

Australian Government Department of Health



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 Government Department of Health

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, 2020 Health, Standard 13/03/2020

Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 33–Full time equivalent employed health practitioners per 1,000 population (by age group), 2019 Health, Superseded 13/03/2020

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