Australian Workforce Analysis

AOPA is pleased to present a series of workforce publications which are the results of the 2007-2012 workforce research project.

Purpose of the research

This research work was undertaken in order to gain an understanding of the changing national and state/territory profile of orthotist/prosthetists and to inform future workforce and education planning. Many national policy decisions are made based on data collected via self report, such as the 2011 census, or the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) managed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. There are limitations within these data captures due to specificity and the self report method.

In 2012, the AOPA membership accounted for a large percentage of the self reported orthotist/prosthetists in Australia (70%) and therefore the membership demographic data and trends are highly indicative of the current profile and status of the profession nationally and within each state and territory.

national and state workforce snapshots

There are 6 workforce snapshots, including a National snapshot and 5 State snapshots. These snapshots describe the 2012 demographics of the National and State and Territory AOPA membership as well as any changes that occurred over the years 2007-2012. The State snapshots should be read in conjunction with the National snapshot for comparison of the State trend with the National trend.

How can i get more information?

Due to the inability to ensure de-identification of members, the data for some smaller states has not been made available. We understand that you may be interested in the data for smaller states, but we are unable to make that publicly available. There is also a far greater range of state and national data that has not been presented.

We may be able to assist with some broad information for the smaller states and further information than that provided, so please enquire via email.

Feedback and Assistance?

Do you have feedback or thoughts on these documents? Would you like assistance with interpretation of the data prior to using it in your research project, funding submission or workforce planning work? We would be happy to hear from you.

Please email AOPA with your feedback or if we can be of assistance with interpretation.