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Table 2 Selected medical specialty results - net workforce movement (headcount), 2025

From: How evidence-based workforce planning in Australia is informing policy development in the retention and distribution of the health workforce

    Net workforce movement in 2025 (difference between workforce supply and expressed demand)
Medical specialty Existing workforce position 2009 workforce supply Comparison scenario Service and workforce reform scenario Medium self-sufficiency scenario Capped working hours scenario
Anaesthesia Orange 3,476  130 861 -71  85
Emergency medicine Orange 1,134 -40 221 -138 -80
General practice Red 26,389  57 6,590 -3,831  8
Intensive care Green 517  35 184  9 -96
Obstetrics and gynaecology Orange 1,562 -142 221 -302 -265
Ophthalmology Orange 843 -162 28 -204 -180
Psychiatry Red 2,981 -452 321 -784 -498
Radiation oncology Red 245 -57 25 -65 -91
General surgery Orange 1,181  519 829  430  296
Orthopaedic surgery Green 1,168  148 444  90  7