Australia’s future health workforce: psychiatry report

9 Mar 2016

The Australia’s Future Health Workforce – Doctors (AFHW-Doctors) report published in December 2014 indicated that Australia’s health workforce is under pressure and must undergo significant transformation to meet future demands for healthcare. Despite the projected overall position of oversupply, imbalances within the medical specialty workforces currently exist and are projected to continue.

The development of the AFHW – Doctors report was guided by the expert input of the National Medical Training Advisory Network (NMTAN) that has representation from all the key stakeholder groups in medical education, training and employment.

The report makes recommendations for future work including:

• updates to the workforce modelling results to determine requirements for future adjustments every two years; and

• prioritisation of future policy work to gain a better understanding of the prevocational years and overall capacity for and distribution of vocational medical training.

This psychiatry report is the first to be produced under the capacity and distribution work. It involves updating the supply and demand projections previously completed by the former Health Workforce Australia (HWA) and published in Health Workforce 2025-Medical Specialists Volume 3 (HW 2025 Vol 3).

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