WA has more nurses working in the system but fewer doctors, according to national reports into medical and nursing labour force numbers.
While there was almost a 14 per cent rise in Australian medical practitioner numbers between 2000 and 2004, an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report found more doctors were choosing to work fewer weekly hours, particularly in the public sector.
In WA, this means the supply of full-time equivalent doctors has dropped from 245 per 100,000 people in 2000 to 230 per 100,000 in 2004, well below the national figure of 283 per 100,000.
The drop in the number of working doctors has occurred in the private as well as the public sector.
More... More nurses but fewer doctors in WA: report (The West Australian)