State and territory
Capital cities/non-capital cities

State and territory

Trends for the Better Access occupational therapy workforce indicate that the DFTE number of occupational therapists in the private (Better Access) sector increased in all states/territories. Overall, the private (Better Access) sector workforce for Australia increased from a DFTE of 0.4 in 2006 to 12.6 in 2008. Of that, the largest Better Access occupational therapy workforces were located in NSW, and Victoria (Figure 3.31).

The number of FTE occupation therapists in the public sector workforce for Australia increased from a FTE of 762 in 2006 to 859 in 2008, representing a 13% rate of growth. Queensland, NSW and Victoria had the largest numbers of FTE occupational therapists (Figure 3.32). None of the states/territories experienced a decline in their occupational therapy workforces during this year period. However, during the first year of Better Access, the Queensland and ACT public sector workforces had a negative growth rate, while the Victorian and Tasmanian public sector workforces had negative rates of growth during the second year of Better Access.

The overall trend of both the public and private (Better Access) sector occupational therapy workforces grew in all states/territories, between 2006 and 2008, with strong positive growth in the private (Better Access) sector (albeit from a small base) and moderately continuous growth in the public sector for most of the states/territories.

Figure 3.31 Private sector (DFTE) Better Access occupational therapy workforce, by state/territory, 2006-2008

Text equivalent of Figure 3.31 below. Private sector (DFTE) Better Access occupational therapy workforce, by state/territory, 2006-2008

Source: Medicare Australia. 2006-08 Medicare Provider Data and Medicare Benefit Schedule (MBS) data

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Text version of Figure 3.31

Figures in this description are approximate as they have been read from the graph.
200620072008
NSW
0.1
1.9
4.6
VIC
0.1
1.6
3.6
QLD
0.1
0.9
1.7
SA
0.1
0.8
1.3
WA
0.1
0.8
1.0
TAS
0.0
0.2
0.3
NT
0.0
0.0
0.0
ACT
0.0
0.1
0.2

Figure 3.32 Public sector (FTE) occupational therapy workforce, by state/territory, 2006-2008

Text equivalent of Figure 3.32 below. Public sector (FTE) occupational therapy workforce, by state/territory, 2006-2008

Source:Mental Health Establishments: National Minimum Data Set, 2006-2008.

Text version of Figure 3.32

Figures in this description are approximate as they have been read from the graph.
200620072008
NSW
210
220
230
VIC
230
240
235
QLD
140
138
160
SA
49
60
70
WA
120
130
140
TAS
10
12
10
NT
0
0
0
ACT
10
8
10
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Capital cities/non-capital cities

As the FTE and DFTE numbers for the occupational therapy workforce were small, the analysis of the geographic distribution between capital cities and non-capital cities has been conducted using totals for the whole of Australia.

Trends for the Better Access occupational therapy workforce indicate that the DFTE number of occupational therapists in the private (Better Access) sector increased at both the capital city and non-capital city levels of geographical disaggregation. At the capital city level, the private (Better Access) sector workforce for Australia increased from a DFTE of 0.3 in 2006 to 9.0 in 2008; whereas, at the non-capital city level, the private (Better Access) sector workforce increased from a DFTE of 0.1 in 2006 to 3.5 in 2008 (Figure 3.33 & Figure 3.34).

The number of FTE occupational therapists in the public sector workforce increased at both the capital city and non-capital city level. At the capital city level, the public sector workforce for Australia increased from a FTE of 554 in 2006 to 636 in 2008; at the non-capital city level, the public sector workforce increased from a FTE of 208 in 2006 to 223 in 2008 (Figure 3.33 & Figure 3.34).

Over the two year period, the growth rate of both the public and private (Better Access) sector occupational therapy workforces at the capital city level were similar to changes at the national level, indicating that most of the occupational therapy workforces were located in the highly populated areas. Furthermore, both the public and private (Better Access) occupational therapy workforces grew at a faster rate in capital city areas compared to noncapital areas over the two year period.

To summarise, since the implementation of Better Access, the public sector occupational therapy workforce has either grown slightly or remained stable. The rate of growth in capital cities for both the public and private (Better Access) workforces was higher than that outside of capital cities.

Figure 3.33 Private sector (DFTE) Better Access occupational therapy workforce, by capital city/non-capital city, 2006-2008

Text equivalent of Figure 3.33 below.  Private sector (DFTE) Better Access occupational therapy workforce, by capital city/non-capital city, 2006-2008

Source: Medicare Australia. 2006-08 Medicare Provider Data and Medicare Benefit Schedule (MBS) data

Text version of Figure 3.33

Figures in this description are approximate as they have been read from the graph.
200620072008
Capital city
0.3
4.5
9
Non-capital city
0.1
1.8
3.5
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Figure 3.34 Public sector (FTE) occupational therapy workforce by capital city/non-capital city, 2006-2008

Text equivalent of Figure 3.34 below. Public sector (FTE) occupational therapy workforce by capital city/non-capital city, 2006-2008

Source:Mental Health Establishments: National Minimum Data Set, 2006-2008.

Text version of Figure 3.34

Figures in this description are approximate as they have been read from the graph.
200620072008
Capital city
554
595
636
Non-capital city
208
223
223