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This sector is, as usual, very resilient and continues to grow despite the GFC --- as it has done over the past 10 years. In fact, over
this time this sector has accounted for nearly one in five of all the jobs created, punching far above its weight. There are a number
of factors that have led to this position. This includes population growth, which has been strong, the ageing of the population and
increasing wealth. As the population grows in wealth, they demand better health services. Jobs are growing in just about all fields
for health professions --- jobs for nurses are up 12.6%, GPs a more modest 2.6%, and pharmacists 11.1%. Reflecting the tougher
economic times for some in Australia, social assistance jobs have grown as demand for welfare services has increased.
This sector is the only one that has consistently increased full time jobs since the GFC started. Full time jobs are up 3.9%. Part time
jobs are also up 10.2%.
Demand in all States is strong, with Queensland leading the charge. Jobs have been also growing in WA, with the sector there
challenged to find enough training positions. Jobs continue to grow in NSW although growth there is in the part time sub-sector,
whereas full time jobs are slowing. In Victoria, both full time and part time jobs are growing. In SA, both full time and part time jobs
are growing, with full time jobs up over 5%. In Queensland, both full time jobs and part time jobs are growing strongly, highlighting
the continued demand for health related professionals in that State.
In a boost to this sector, the Federal Government has announced a major expansion in funding. The includes the funding of 5500
general practice positions and 680 specialist positions over the next 10 years. This will boost the current GP numbers from 40,000
With a stronger economy, greater demand for health services in this sector will continue to grow and the constant difficulty of
finding skilled staff, especially in regional and rural areas, will persist. By November 10, quarterly jobs are expected to grow by 0.6%.
There is no job sickness in this industry and more jobs are expected
Health and Community Services
Popn. Aged 65+
Source: ABS/EMDA Model 2010
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