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An article of interest provided by Prof Judi Walker is the Sept 12 Dept of Health & Ageing Media Release re the Health Workforce Review.

For your Information and as a follow up to HWA session at the FRAME meeting on Friday morning:

The third volume of Health Workforce Australia’s landmark projections for doctors, nurses and midwives has just been released, with modeling for medical specialties reinforcing earlier findings that Australia can’t afford to continue a business-as-usual approach if it is to avoid continuing workforce shortages in the future.

Health Workforce 2025 (HW2025) is the first major, long-term study of the national health workforce in Australia out to 2025 and the publication of volume 3 marks the final of the current series.

Volume 3 has one clear message – the number of medical specialists is increasing, but the workforce is not evenly distributed.

What this means is there are not enough general practitioners and in particular medical specialists practising in regional and rural Australia, some medical specialties are more popular than others from a career perspective, and the numbers of specialists compared to generalists is getting out of balance.

For an easy-to-read summary of HW2025 and an outline of the response that has been endorsed by the Standing Council on Health, go to

All three volumes of the Health Workforce 2025 reports are available for download at