The third volume of Health Workforce Australia's landmark projections for doctors, nurses and midwives has just been released, with modeling for medical specialties reinforcing earlier findings that Australia cannot afford to continue a business-as-usual approach if it is to avoid workforce shortages in the future.
Volume three has one clear message : the number of medical specialists is increasing, but the workforce is not evenly distributed.
"What this means is there are not enough general practitioners and some other medical specialists practising in regional and rural Australia, some medical specialties are more popular than others from a career perspective, and there is a growing trend towards specialisation and sub-specialisation, which is resulting in a shortage of generalists," Mark Cormack, the Chief Executive Officer of Health Workforce Australia (HWA), said.
"The specialities that will be in shortest supply by 2025 if reform does not take place are obstetrics and gynaecology, ophthalmology, anatomical pathology, psychiatry, diagnostic radiology and radiation oncology," Mr Cormack said.
Health Workforce 2025 is comprised of 3 volumes.
Volume 1 contains the overall findings from a workforce planning analysis of the trends in the supply and demand of doctors, nurses and midwives in Australia.
Volume 2 contains detailed supply and demand projections for midwives and registered and enrolled nurses by area of practice, as well as state and territory projections for all professions.
Volume 3 contains detailed supply and demand projections for the medical workforce, by specialty.
Download Health Workforce 2025 - Volume 1 Workforce Planning analysis
Download Health Workforce 2025 - Volume 2 Nurses and Midwives
Download Health Workforce 2025 - Volume 3 Medical Specialists
A summary of Health Workforce 2025 : Volumes 1 to 3