The Workforce Data Project aims to identify existing emergency department (ED) workforce data sources, develop methods for collecting additional ED workforce data and use these to build a detailed picture of the ED workforce in Australia.
As ACEM supplies the emergency medicine specialist workforce, the College should be a leader in understanding its workforce distribution and in building strategies targeting training, education and workforce distribution planning.
ED Workforce Data
ED Profile Data
ACEM’s annual Directors of Emergency Medicine (DEM) Hospital Data Survey collects data on ED staffing levels, roster structure and activity, among other areas from ACEMs accredited EDs. The survey has been running since 2012, with the last survey collecting data for 2015.
- 2015 DEM Hospital Data Survey Report, featuring in-depth workforce data analysis, is now available.
- Access the 2013 and 2014 Hospital Data Survey reports at this page, under 'Members Other' - you will need to login for access.
- The 2012 Hospital Data and Accreditation Survey- Part 1 report available here.
A pilot survey of Directors and Managers of Australia’s private EDs was undertaken in 2013 to obtain data primarily on ED activity, staffing levels and roster structure as not much is currently known about these within private EDs. Although response rates were low (>35%), the survey suggested that a range of data is collected by Australia’s private EDs.
Fellows and Trainees
Ongoing analysis of the College’s Members Database to obtain demographic and workforce related data on ACEM’s EM physicians and trainees.
- The 2015 Specialist EM Workforce and Training Report is now available and provides a detailed picture of the demographic profile, regional and geographic distribution, working habits and service provision of ACEM's EM Specialists and trainees.
- The 2014 and 2011 Specialist Emergency Medicine Workforce and Training Activities reports are also available.
Surveying newly elected Fellows to understand their trajectory through the ACEM training program and their early career paths.
- Ongoing survey of early career Fellows six months after obtaining Fellowship regarding their current and future career plans has been implemented to track their workforce movements and observe trends. Check the December 2015 edition of EMA, for some of the findings from the survey, in the article What lies beyond: Findings from the Early Career Survey of new Fellows of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine 2013-2014.
- Analysis of the demographic and workplace data from three years of the Early Career Survey will be undertaken and reported on later this year.
Annual patient presentation data sourced from the AIHW and NZ Ministry of Health to analyse the casemix and patient demographics, as well as to assess ED workload.
Regional and rural EM
Regional and Rural EM Workforce project is underway in 2016 to profile Australia's regional and rural EDs and smaller emergency care service providers and will capture staffing, presentation and casemix data.