The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), in conjunction with the national boards, is responsible for the national registration process for 14 health professions. The data from this annual registration process, together with data from a workforce survey that is voluntarily completed at the time of registration, forms the National Health Workforce Dataset (NHWDS). Data in the NHWDS includes demographic and employment information for registered health professionals. A very small proportion of practitioners complete their workforce surveys on paper forms rather than online. AHPRA provides the completed paper survey forms to the Department for scanning, cleansing and merging the paper-based survey data into the online registration and survey dataset.
Changes to the NHWDS
AHPRA was established in 2010 under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS). At the commencement of the NRAS, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) was engaged as data custodian of the NHWDS. The AIHW’s contract expired on 30 June 2016, and the Department assumed custodianship of the NHWDS on 1 July 2016. The Department has produced revised NHWDS releases from 2013 onwards. Both the original AIHW data and the Department’s enhanced data from 2013 onwards are publicly available on the Health workforce data tool.
These revised NHWDS releases vary somewhat from the AIHW’s original versions due to minor differences in the method of imputation for survey non-response and to the Department’s enhanced geocoding methods, which support a more granular analysis of the geographic distribution of the health workforce.
With the functions of the Medical Training Review Panel (MTRP) report being absorbed by National Medical Training Advisory Network (NMTAN) in early 2017, NMTAN agreed to release medical education and training (MET) data similar to that published in previous MTRP reports. The newly created Medical Education and Training (MET) Dataset is made available online each year and reports the annual changes in medical education and training in Australia. The dataset aims to continue the time series from MTRP and is presented in the same tabled format as the former publications.
Historical health workforce data resources for NHWDS up to 30 June 2016 and prior to Nation Registration are available on the AIHW website.
Workforce Planning Tool
The health workforce planning tool can be used to undertake health workforce supply and demand projections by each state and territory to identify potential gaps and oversupply in Australia’s health workforce at local and national levels. The tool was originally developed by the National Health Workforce Taskforce, part of the former Health Workforce Australia.
Workforce planners can also import their own datasets into the tool via an input template.
For access to the software please complete the Health Workforce Planning Tool Request Form (PDF 36 KB) and email to firstname.lastname@example.org for processing, noting that by signing the form you agree to the terms and conditions of use.
The Clinical Placements Datasets were collected annually from 2009 to 2014. The datasets contain detailed information on the clinical setting of the placements for each of the health disciplines, and the geographic location of the placement. The datasets will not be updated in the future.