Log in with your email address username.

×

Important notice

doctorportal Learning is on the move as we will be launching a new website very shortly. If you would like to sign up to dp Learning now to register for CPD learning or to use our CPD tracker, please email support@doctorportal.com.au so we can assist you. If you are already signed up to doctorportal Learning, your login will work in the new site so you can continue to enrol for learning, complete an online module, or access your CPD tracker report.

To access and/or sign up for other resources such as Jobs Board, Bookshop or InSight+, please go to www.mja.com.au, or click the relevant menu item and you will be redirected.

All other doctorportal services, such as Find A Doctor, are no longer available.

The medical workforce in 2025: what’s in the numbers?

This is a republished version of an article previously published in MJA Open

Medical workforce supply levels follow a predictable, if lengthy, cycle between phases of shortage and surplus. In Australia we are currently in an upswing stage; there has been significant growth in Australian medical workforce supply in the past decade. Between 1999 and 2009, there was an increase of over 20 000 employed medical practitioners — from around 50 000 to almost 73 000.1 Recent expansion of medical training programs does not largely account for this increase, as graduates of these programs only began entering the workforce in 2006, with the majority entering after 2008.2

While such observed increases may reduce concerns about workforce shortages at the global level, they occur in the context of increasing demand for services at rates beyond population growth. In this article, I review current trends in medical workforce supply levels, identify key policy challenges arising from them and discuss how these might be met to ensure an adequate and sustainable workforce into the future. Emerging workforce…

email