Health Workforce 2025 – Doctors, Nurses and Midwives (HW2025) provides the first, long-term, national workforce projections for doctors, nurses and midwives.
It contains detailed modelling on workforce supply, demand, training and projects the numbers required between 2012 and 2025 for professional entry students and postgraduate and specialist training.
HW2025 shows the need for action in areas such as training, geographic distribution of professionals, retention of staff, and immigration if Australia is to meet the future demand for healthcare. Current policy settings cannot meet this need.
Volumes 1 and 2 of the report were released by Australia’s Health Ministers in April 2012.
The third volume in this set of HW2025 – Medical Specialists, was released on 9 November 2012.
The next editions focusing on doctors and nurses are currently being developed and will be published in 2014.
Recognising the importance of national planning for a sustainable health workforce, the Standing Council on Health, comprising Australia’s Health Ministers, in November 2010 commissioned Health Workforce Australia (HWA) to develop the HW2025 report.
In April 2012, HWA published the first two volumes:
Drawing on national datasets, HW2025 models various policy options, including productivity, workforce retention, higher education and training, health service demand, and supply of professionals including self-sufficiency, graduate numbers, and immigration.
Key findings of the study are:
HW2025 Volume 3 examines individual medical specialties in Australia and the key findings are:
Key issues identified in that study are:
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