0061 Australian Society of Anaesthetists

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Submitterʼs name
Australian Society of Anaesthetists
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Professional body or industry association

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Health Care and Social Assistance
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253211 Anaesthetist


1. Are there additional labour market factors, for which there are national datasets available (ideally aligned to 6-digit ANZSCO occupation level), that are relevant to future refinements to the Departmentʼs analysis and methodology?

What is the frequency of data release?

NMTAN, ‘Australia’s Future Health Workforce- Anaesthesia’ Department of Health, April 2016:
1. “Results of the projections reveal a workforce that is in balance, with the potential to shift into oversupply if trainee numbers are increased or if there is not a decrease in International Medical Graduates (IMGS).”p5
2. There is a capacity and appetite for current workforce to increase supply of anaesthesia service if the demand in community increased. This is confirmed by ASA annual surveys of it’s membership.

2. The Department is also seeking submissions on suitable datasets that are disaggregated by region. Please provide details if you are aware of such a dataset, including whether it is aligned to ANZSCO occupations and how often the dataset is updated.

1. NMTAN , ‘Australia’s Future Health Workforce- Anaesthesia’ Department of Health, April 2016, Figure 6 (p14) shows the anaesthesia clinician workforce density by region utilizing the Modified Monash Model (MMM 2014). This shows that most anaesthetists work in metropolitan areas where there is a demand for specialist anaesthesia services. Less populated areas of Australia do not have the same demand or capacity to sustain this specialist anaesthesia workforce.
2. Currently there is underemployment of anaesthetists in MMM areas 1 and 2 according to ASA membership survey.

3. Is there any other advice or evidence that the Department should consider in its review of the methodology?

1. AHPRA does not 'capture' underemployment in its annual renewal process.
2. The ASA conducts annual surveys of their membership containing demographic data and detailed information about intentions and capacity for practice. Currently there seems to be ample supply of anaesthetists with the capacity and aspiration to increase services if the community needs increased. With the annual numbers of trainees entering the workforce after obtaining their fellowship from ANZCA, this will see areas of oversupply particularly in metropolitan regions.
The ASA survey data could be sent separately.
Do you have any supporting material for your submission?
Yes (see attachments)

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