APNA Workforce Survey


The annual APNA Australian Primary Health Care Nursing and Midwifery Workforce Survey (2023 APNA Workforce Survey) has provided a comprehensive picture of the working conditions and professional concerns of primary health care nurses across Australia for more than 15 years. It is the only national survey focusing exclusively on nurses who work in primary health care.  

In 2023 the COVID pandemic went from being a ‘pandemic’ to being the new normal. However, many of the old issues remain, with PHC nurses feeling exhausted or having an excessive workload. With ongoing challenges in workforce recruitment and retention and with less-than-optimal pay and conditions for many, there is an emerging crisis in meeting Australia’s primary health care needs.   

However, change may be in the air. The ongoing Commonwealth Scope of Practice Review and the Albanese Government’s reforms focusing on multi-disciplinary-team-based approaches promise fundamental changes for PHC nurse care responsibilities and work practices. 

The 2023 APNA Workforce Survey will feed into this reform process, both by direct representations and submission from APNA, and by use of the data by government and health agencies.  

There has never been a more critical time to have a voice to influence PHC reforms. The Survey has become a significant tool for those planning for the future of health care in Australia. It is used by the AIHW, the nation’s agency for health and welfare information and statistics.  The figures and information from this year’s Survey will be used by the Commonwealth on its reform agenda for primary health care, as well as by state governments and PHNs to influence planning and resourcing for primary health care nurses. 

If there is one survey that a primary health care nurse should complete this year, it is this one. It should take about 30 minutes to complete – why not have your say while having lunch? 

Now is your chance to tell our politicians what you think.  Please share this link with your colleagues so they can also have their say.   

Thank you for your participation in the 2023 APNA Workforce Survey. Results of previous surveys are available at the top of the list below this text. 


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