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Total Number of Nurses and Midwives in Australia by Idowu Olabode : September 17, 2016, 12:21:31 PM
This is part of a series, for other countries check this thread Statistics of Nurses and Midwives in various country

Today we start with the land of the aborigines, Australia.How many nurses and midwives are in Australia? Here is a brief overview of nurses and midwives in Australia as at March, 2016

Total population 23,969,000 (WHO,2016)
Capital: Canberra

Categories of Nurses

EN- Enrolled Nurse: Second level nurse that provides care under the supervision of Registered Nurses. Possesses 18 months or 2 years diploma from TAFE Colleges; assists patients with activities of daily living such as bathing, feeding,etc, takes patients vital signs and perform other delegated responsibilities.

RN- Registered Nurse:  First level nurse that provides complex nursing care and possesses 3 years Bachelor Degree in Nursing from Universities.

NP- Nurse Practitioner:
Registered Nurse with additional education usually between 18 months-24 months of study and experience usually 3 years, can prescribe and order diagnostic investigations.

Nursing Board Name: Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)

Total Number of Nurses and Midwives: 376,880 (March, 2016)


For Practicing Nurses
Enrolled Nurse 60,938
Registered Nurse 271,423
Enrolled and Registered Nurse: 6,358
Midwife 4,008
Nurse (EN, RN) and Midwife 29,052

For Non-practicing Nurses

Enrolled Nurse 907
Registered Nurse 3,529
Enrolled and Registered Nurse: 16
Midwife 56
Nurse (EN, RN) and Midwife 593

Distribution by Gender

Female 332,143 (89.38%)
Male 39,636 (10.62%)

Non practicing nurses

Female 4,729 (89.38%)
Male 372 (10.62%)

Advanced Practitioners

1.Endorsements by Type

•Nurse Practitioner – includes prescribing scheduled medicines
•Registered Nurse - supply scheduled medicines (rural and isolated practice)

NMBA endorsements for midwives:
•Midwife – scheduled medicines
•Midwife Practitioner


Nurse Practitioner 1,380
RN Scheduled Medicines - Rural and isolated practice 1,075
Midwife Scheduled Medicines 236
Midwife Practitioner 1


Registered nurses with a sole qualification in mental health nursing or paediatric nursing or disability nursing - rather than a qualification in general nursing - are identified on the national register with a notation, which states: Solely qualified in the area of Disability Nursing / Mental Health Nursing / Paediatric Nursing.

Disability Nursing 81
Mental Health Nursing 2,164
Paediatric Nursing 490

The NMBA also recognises midwives that meet the requirements of the Eligible Midwife registration standard with a notation on their registration.
The notation states:  Eligible midwife competent to provide pregnancy, labour, birth and post natal care and qualified to provide the associated services and order diagnostic investigations required for midwifery practice, in accordance with relevant State and Territory legislation.

Eligible Midwife 132

To check the registration status of a nurse or other practitioners, search the register here

For distribution of Nurses by age and practice location, download the complete data from the Nursing and Midwifery of Australia Board statistic page

For other countries check this thread Statistics of Nurses and Midwives in various country

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