Significant boost to medical workforce

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has reported that the medical workforce is growing across all regions.
   The report AIHW report, Medical Workforce 2012, provides information on the demographic and employment characteristics of medical practitioners who were registered in Australia in 2012.
  
All areas benefitting
It shows there were 91,504 medical practitioners registered in Australia and that between 2008 and 2012, the number of medical practitioners employed in medicine rose by just over 16 per cent from 68,455 to 79,653.
   The supply of medical practitioners across all States and Territories compared to the population rose by almost 9 per cent between 2008 and 2012, from 344 to 374 full-time equivalent medical practitioners per 100,000 people.
   The report found that the supply of medical practitioners was not uniform across the country, with supply generally being greater in major cities than in remote or very remote areas.
   Spokesperson for AIHW, Teresa Dickinson said women were increasingly represented in the medical practitioner workforce, with the proportion of female medical practitioners up from 35 per cent to 38 per cent between 2008 and 2012.
   She said the average age of medical practitioners remained steady at around 46.
   The report found the average weekly hours worked by employed medical practitioners remained stable between 2008 and 2012. In 2012, male medical practitioners worked an average of 45 hours per week, while female medical practitioners worked an average of 38 hours per week.
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