Shortfall of 2700 doctors on the horizon: report

The report also warned the current approach to health workforce planning, with its maldistribution of the medical workforce, training bottlenecks and inefficiencies, and “continued reliance on poorly coordinated skilled migration”, was “simply not tenable”.

The report was presented to last week’s meeting of the Standing Council of Health, where ministers agreed “without strong reform… these estimates will mean services may be unsustainable”.

Ministers also agreed health workforce reform was “imperative to the future sustainability of quality health services for the Australian community”, a statement said.

“All governments have made substantial investments in Australia’s health workforce and delivered more doctors and nurses than ever before.”