Medical workforce, 2012 (AIHW)

The medical workforce is continuing to grow, with increased supply across all regions of Australia, according to an Australian Institute of Health & Welfare report.

Medical Workforce 2012, provides information on the demographic and employment characteristics of medical practitioners who were registered in Australia in 2012. It shows that in 2012, there were 91,504 medical practitioners registered in Australia.

"Between 2008 and 2012, the number of medical practitioners employed in medicine rose by just over 16% from 68,455 to 79,653," said AIHW spokesperson Teresa Dickinson.

The supply of medical practitioners across all states and territories compared to the population rose by almost 9% between 2008 and 2012, from 344 to 374 full-time equivalent medical practitioners per 100,000 people.

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Australia's mothers and babies 2011 (AIHW)

Australia's mothers and babies 2011 reports that, in 2011, 297,126 women gave birth to 301,810 babies in Australia. This was an increase of 2,247 births (0.8%) than reported in 2010, and a total increase of 18.3% since 2002. Nationally, the proportion of teenage mothers (younger than 20) declined from 3.9% in 2010 to 3.7% in 2011, compared with 4.9% in 2002.

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Dental workforce 2012 (AIHW)

The number of dental practitioners registered in Australia in 2012 was 19,462, of whom 14,687 (75.5%) were dentists. The supply of employed dentists increased slightly from 55.4 to 56.9 full-time equivalent practitioners per 100,000 population between 2011 and 2012, which reflected a 5.3% increase in dentists. The gender balance continued to shift, with women making up 36.5% of dentists in 2012 compared with 35.2% in 2011. The average hours worked each week by dentists decreased slightly from 37.3 to 37.0; and those working part time increased from 30.8% to 31.7%.

View the media release and download the full report for free online.