Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Australia faces shortage of nurses

Unless actions are taken, Australia will have a shortage of 109,000 nurses and 2700 doctors by 2025, warned a top health advisory board in a 450-page report released in a meeting of the country's federal, state and territory health ministers.

The advisory body, Health Workforce Australia, is urging a coordinated national action and policy measures in hopes of improving the retention of nurses, the management of patient demand and productivity. It also warned that reducing the flow of internationally-educated doctors, even by 50%, would inflate the shortage from 2700 to 9300 by 2025.

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