As reported in the Australian News, a new report by the Australian Health Workforce Institute found that although Australia has one of the highest ratios of nurses, its working nurses are under pressure from many directions, including high rates of part-time working, high drop-out rates from training courses and increased demand from an ageing population.

And the report found ‘an unsustainable picture’ for the nursing workforce. Failure to plan for the retirement of 90,000 nurses in the next two decades would “undoubtedly result in a serious deterioration of the quality and sustainability of our health care services”.

The report makes recommendations on how to address the issue, including different training methods and more flexible workplaces.

Our members know that workforce has long been a focus area for IAHSA, not only nurses but direct care workers. As noted in this report, lack of attention does not bode well for the future.