groupKerryn Butler-Henderson, Richard Lawrance, Sarah Low, Natasha Donnolley and Jenn Lee

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In 2013, Health Workforce Australia recognised the need to delineate the health information workforce (HIW), and improve data collection processes for this workforce. Existing workforce estimates from sources such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) census data and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) are unreliable and do not examine all occupations within this workforce. A focus group was held at the 2015 Health Information Workforce Summit to examine the need for a minimum dataset to allow data collection and monitoring on this workforce. Nine participants unanimously agreed upon the need to formally monitor and evaluate the HIW by collecting current workforce data. A national census of the HIW would capture the data to provide evidence for increased funding and support for workforce supply and configuration.

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