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released: 10 Sep 2009 author: Long R media release

The delivery of eye health care in Australia is undertaken by an eye health labour force that consists of ophthalmologists, ophthalmic nurses, optometrists, orthoptists, optical dispensers and optical mechanics. The number of full-time equivalent ophthalmologists, optometrists and orthoptists increased by 15%, 11% and 20% respectively between 2001 and 2006. Ophthalmologists are on average older than other eye health workers. In 2006 the average age of ophthalmologists was 52 years. The average age of the other eye health occupations ranged from 36 years (orthoptists) to 46 years (ophthalmic nurses).

ISBN 978 1 74024 948 5; Cat. no. PHE 116; 48pp.; FREE

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols and notes
    • Summary
      • Key findings
  • Body section
    1. Introduction
      • Background
      • Eye health labour force
      • Data sources
    2. Ophthalmologists
      • RANZCO Fellows
      • Employed ophthalmologists
      • Characteristics of employed ophthalmologists
      • Work setting and sector of employed ophthalmologists
      • Training of ophthalmologists
    3. Ophthalmic nurses
    4. Optometrists
      • Registered optometrists
      • Employed optometrists
      • Training of optometrists
    5. Orthoptists
      • Registered orthoptists
      • Employed orthoptists
      • Training of orthoptists
    6. Optical dispensers and optical mechanics
      • Employed optical dispensers and optical mechanics
      • Training in optical science
  • End matter
    • Appendix A: Data sources and methods
      • ABS Census of Population and Housing
      • AIHW Medical Labour Force Survey
      • AIHW Nursing and Midwifery Labour Force Survey
      • Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) dataset
      • Ophthalmology trainee and RANZCO Fellowship data
      • Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - Higher Education Student Data collection
      • National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) - Vocational Education Training (VET) Provider collection
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables and figures

Recommended citation

Long R 2009. Eye health labour force in Australia. Cat. no. PHE 116. Canberra: AIHW.

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