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Future staff shortages for public hospitals

8 November 2011 - 2:58pm

There will be a significant shortage of health professionals - particularly in the public system - in Australia over the next 15 years, a new report has found.

According to KPMG analysis, data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations indicates that based on current trends, there will only be 84 qualified people to replace every 110 health professionals retiring by 2025.

The results reported in the September quarter Clarius Skills Index mirror the concerns of the NSW Nurses Association, that predicts that there will be a shortfall of approximately 10,000 health professionals in the state before 2030.

''There's ever increasing pressure to deal with the problem by replacing professional staff with less qualified staff, like nursing assistants,'' NSW Nurses Association general secretary Brett Holmes told the Sydney Morning Herald.

The federal government's Productivity Commission report on Australian private and public hospitals in 2009 found that $35 million a year was spent on the education and training of
surgeons, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals by the private system.

Those wishing to utilise these services may consider the benefits of purchasing a private health insurance policy. 

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