Notes on the data: Health workforce

Health workforce, medical, nursing and dental professionals, 2020


Policy context:  Access to a range of health practitioners is important for the population’s health. The data presented here show geographic variations in the number and rate of registered general, hospital and specialist medical practitioners, nurses, and dental practitioners, as extracted from the National Health Workforce Data Set (NHWDS) [1]. The NHWDS consists of de-identified registration and survey data for health practitioners from the fourteen health professions regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS). Data are available by Primary Health Network (PHN), Local Government Area (LGA) and Remoteness Area.


  1. Available from; last accessed 21 December 2020

Information regarding LGAs split across multiple PHNs:

  • To produce the most accurate data for the two parts of the very large Brisbane LGA, the health workforce numbers have been calculated by subtracting the published data of the rest of the LGAs within the relevant PHN from the PHN total.
  • For the remainder of the split LGAs, the numbers have been derived using a population correspondence and may not accurately reflect the geographical distribution of the health workforce across the LGA. More accurate data may be available from the Data Tool at the future.

Geography:  Data available by Local Government Area, Primary Health Network and Remoteness Area


Numerator:  Numbers for each profession or group of professions


Denominator:  Total population


Detail of analysis:  Number of medical professionals per 100,000 people


Source:  Compiled by PHIDU based on data from the National Health Workforce Dataset (NHWDS), 2020; and Australian Bureau of Statistics Estimated Resident Population, 30 June 2020.


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