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Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.6.2–Net growth in health workforce, 2020

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termIndicator
Short name:Help on this termAHPF PI 2.6.2–Net growth in health workforce, 2020
METeOR identifier:Help on this term728380
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 13/10/2021
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 termAustralian Health Performance Framework, 2020 Health, Standardisation pending 30/07/2021

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.

Dental practitioners include dentists and allied dental practitioners (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.

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 Data Set
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 Data Set
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 SetData Element

Person—estimated resident population of Australia, total people


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

2008–2018—State and territory by profession for the following professions:

  1. medical practitioners
    • total rate 2009-2018
    • age groups (<25, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65+) 2018
    • Indigenous status 2013-2018
  2. nursing and midwifery
    • total rate 2009-2018
    • age groups (<25, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65+) 2018
    • Indigenous status 2013-2018
  3. dental practitioners
    • total rate 2013-2018
    • age groups (<25, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65+) 2018
    • Indigenous status 2013-2018
  4. allied health practitioners
    • total rate 2012-2018
    • age groups (<25, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65+) 2018
    • Indigenous status 2013-2018.
Disaggregation data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element

Health profession—registered profession code, code AAAA


Data Source
National Health Workforce Data Set
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 Data Set
Guide for use

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


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Person-Indigenous status


Data Source
National Health Workforce Data Set
Guide for use

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


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Person-Age


Data Source
National Health Workforce Data Set
Guide for use

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


Comments:Help on this term

Most recent data available for 2020 Australian Health Performance Framework reporting: 2018.

The 2018 workforce data 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.

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 term6. Efficiency & Sustainability

Data source attributes

Data sources:Help on this term
Data SourceNational Health Workforce Data Set
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

Australian Health Performance Framework

Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

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See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 12–Waiting times for GPs, 2020 Health, Standard 13/03/2020

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 12–Waiting times for GPs, 2022 Health, Standard 24/09/2021

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

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 33–Full time equivalent employed health practitioners per 1,000 population (by age group), 2022 Health, Standard 24/09/2021

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