Allied health workforce 2012

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) recently released its report the Allied Health Workforce 2012, which gives details of the Australian allied health workforce for 11 professions.

Part-time vs full time work
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2012, 36.9% of employees in Australia worked part-time.
Therefore, more psychologists (45%), physiotherapists (37%), occupational therapists (40.1%), chiropractors (48.8%), Chinese medicine practitioners (51.5%) and osteopaths (39.8%) in Australia work part-time than the national average.

Male and female employees
Many allied health professions had more women employed in 2012, with occupational therapy (91.5%), psychology (76.7%) and physiotherapy (68.8%) having the highest percentage of female practitioners.

The AIHW report covers in-depth data for the professions of psychology, pharmacy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, medical radiation, optometry, chiropractic, Chinese medicine, podiatry, osteopathy and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health work. For more information, download the report here.

For more articles on what’s happening in the health workforce in Australia, click here.

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