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Employment changes and job openings for new entrants in nursing and caring occupations in Australia

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  • Chandra Shah

    () (Monash University)

  • Michael Long

    (Monash University)

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The composition of the nursing and caring workforce in Australia has changed substantially over the last 15 years. The workforce has an older age profile, works shorter hours and employs substantially more carers. In spite of the ageing of the population and a substantial increase in the number of patient separations, the number of nursing workers employed per 100,000 population has not changed much from around 1100 during this period. This suggests nursing labour productivity has increased substantially, or nursing workers are being substituted with carers or quality of care has declined. Based on growth and net replacement projections and expected supply of nurse graduates from universities, a shortfall of 900 professional nurses per year is estimated in the absence of any policy changes or intake through immigration.

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  • Chandra Shah & Michael Long, 2003. "Employment changes and job openings for new entrants in nursing and caring occupations in Australia," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 6(3), pages 453-472, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:6:y:2003:i:3:p:453-472
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    Cited by:

    1. Michelle Cunich & Stephen Whelan, 2010. "Nurse Education and the Retention of Registered Nurses in New South Wales," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 86(274), pages 396-413, September.

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    Keywords

    Health; Labor Force and Employment; Size; and Structure (by industry; occupation; demographic characteristics; etc.) Time Allocation and Labor Supply (hours of work; part-time employment; temporary workers; work sharing; absenteeism; quits; work-life balance) Employment Determination; Job Creation; Demand for Labor; Self-Employment; Mobility; Unemployment; and Vacancies;

    JEL classification:

    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • J69 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Other

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