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This sector continues to grow strongly as per usual, growing at a rate well ahead of the overall average. There are a number of
drivers for the continued growth including the growing population, the ageing of the population, changes in technology leading
to more and better diagnostics and consumer preferences for better health care. As an example of the impact of changing
technology, positions for medical imaging professionals are recording double-digit growth.
Looking at the professions, jobs for professionals are growing even faster, at 5.8% in the year ended February 2011. Demand for
nurses and doctors is particularly signifcant with strong growth in vacancies. This sector is also experiencing strong growth in
both part time roles (up 6.4% year ended February 2011) as well as full time roles (up 5.1% over the same period).
All states continue to show strong growth, other than WA, where the diffculty in attracting suitably qualifed staff remains. In all
states, there is a persistent problem of being unable to attract qualifed people to country and regional areas.
There are a number of large-scale developments close to getting underway, including a $2 billion hospital on Queensland’s
Sunshine Coast, the $2 billion Royal Adelaide Hospital in SA, and the $1 billion Parkville Comprehensive Cancer Centre in
Melbourne. These developments, along with consumer demand for better health services, will ensure continued growth in this
Overall, the outlook continues to be strong, with the number of vacancies remaining at very high levels for this sector.
The EMDA models are forecasting employment growth of 4.7% annually by the year ended November 2011.
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Health and Community Services
A long-term, strong performer, with further strong growth expected
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