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Who are you? 7 facts about the average doctor in Australia

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An annual workforce report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has provided a statistical snapshot of medical practitioners in Australia.

The AIHW uses survey data from APHRA about the 98,807 medical practitioners registered in 2014, which has increased by 7.4% in two years.

Other key facts are:

1. A third of medical practitioners are GPs

In the last 10 years, there has been a steady rate of supply of general practitioners, with 111 per 100,000 population in 2014. There were 32,606 registered GPs in 2014, making up 33% of medical practitioners in Australia.

2. There are more specialists now than 10 years ago

In the last 10 years there has been growth in the rate of specialist supply, from 110 to 132 per 100,000 population. Specialists working as clinicians increased from 19,043 in 2004 to 28,403 in 2014.

3. Anaesthesia is the most common speciality

The five most common specialities account for 38.7% of clinician specialists. Anaesthesia is the most common with 3,775 or 13.3% of clinician specialists followed by psychiatry, Diagnostic radiology, General surgery and Specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist.

4. The number of female doctors is increasing

The proportion of women employed as medical practitioners has increased steadily in the past 10 years. In 2014, women made up 39.4% of the medical workforce. There are substantially more men in the older age groups and more women than men in the 20-34 age group.

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Graph: AIHW

5. Average age gap between men and women is decreasing

The average age of men is 48 in 2014 and has been relatively steady since 2004. The average age for women is 42 in 2014 however the average age gap over this period has narrowed slightly from 6.8 years in 2004 to 6.1 years in 2014.

6. Working hours have remained steady but on average, men work longer

The report found that medical practitioners work an average of 42.5 hours per week, which has remained steady since 2010. Men work on average 45.1 hour and women work on average 38.6 hours per week.

7. About a third of medical practitioners gained their qualifications overseas

66.4% of employed medical practitioners said they obtained their initial medical qualification in Australia. Among those who obtained their qualification overseas, those who qualified in India was the largest group followed by England and New Zealand.

Read more of the report on the AIHW website.

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