## Number and rate of ophthalmologists

Measure 4.2
The number of employed ophthalmologists, full-time equivalent (FTE) per 100,000 Australian population.

The size and location of the eye health workforce provides a broad indication of access to eye health services. FTE is a measure calculated by dividing an estimate of the total hours worked by employees in an occupation in a week by an estimate of the standard hours worked for optometrists (38 hours per week). The number of FTE is then compared with the size of relevant population to get the FTE per 100,000 population. (Figure 54 and Figure 55)

### Measure 4.2: The number of employed ophthalmologists, full-time equivalent (FTE) per 100,000 Australian population.

#### Number and rate of ophthalmologists, 2014 to 2021

##### Number and FTE per 100,000 persons, ophthalmologists, 2014 to 2021

This dual axis combined vertical bar chart and scatter plot presents the number and FTE rate of ophthalmologists, from 2014 to 2021. The chart shows that, between 2014 and 2021, the number and rate of ophthalmologists has increased. In 2014 there were 872 employed ophthalmologists (3.9 FTE per 100,000) and, by 2021, this had increased to 1,003 (3.9 FTE per 100,000).

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• In 2021, there were around 1,003 ophthalmologists employed in Australia (3.9 FTE per 100,000).
• Between 2014 and 2021, the number of ophthalmologists increased slightly, while the rate remained fairly constant.

#### Number and rate of ophthalmologists: interactive data

There are 3 separate charts for this measure, showing the number and rate of full-time equivalent (FTE) ophthalmologist per 100,000 population, by various characteristics.

##### Number and FTE per 100,000 persons, ophthalmologists, primary health network, 2021 (bar chart)

This dual axis combined horizontal bar chart and scatter plot presents the number and FTE rate of ophthalmologists in 2021, by PHN. PHNs have been grouped by state and are ranked from highest to lowest FTE rate within each state grouping. Rates for PHNs with fewer than 10 ophthalmologists have not been published. In NSW the PHN with the highest rate of employed ophthalmologists was Central and Eastern Sydney (8.0 FTE per 100,000). South Eastern NSW has the lowest publishable rate (2 FTE per 100,000). In Victoria the PHN with the highest rate of employed ophthalmologists was North Western Melbourne (5.1 FTE per 100,000). Murray has the lowest publishable rate at 2.1 FTE per 100,000.

##### Number and FTE per 100,000 persons, ophthalmologists by region, 2021

This dual axis combined vertical bar chart and scatter plot presents the number and FTE rate of ophthalmologists in 2021, by remoteness. The chart shows that Major cities had the highest number (847) and rate (4.5 FTE per 100,000) of employed ophthalmologists. This was followed by Inner regional areas (129, or 2.9 FTE per 100,000) and Outer regional areas (24, or 1.3 FTE per 100,000). The numbers of ophthalmologists were lowest in Remote and Very remote areas. Rates are not published in these areas because of small numbers.

##### Number and FTE per 100,000 persons, ophthalmologists, by jurisdiction, 2021

This dual axis combined vertical bar chart and scatter plot presents the number and FTE rate of ophthalmologists in 2020, by jurisdiction. The chart shows that the Northern Territory had the lowest number (7, rate not published) of employed ophthalmologists. New South Wales had the highest number (371) and rate (4.4 FTE per 100,000) of employed ophthalmologists.

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In 2021, Major cities had the highest number (847) and rate (4.6 FTE per 100,000) of employed ophthalmologists, followed by Inner regional areas (129, 2.8 FTE per 100,000) and Outer regional areas (24, or 1.3 FTE per 100,000).