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Health and social care is Australia's largest and fastest-growing sector, employing over 1.8 million people in 2021. This is set to rise to 2 million by 2025. 

The sector incorporates care delivered by public and private hospitals, pharmacies and medical practices (GPs), aged care and disability providers, as well as dental and ambulance services. Many workers are female and part-time work is common.

The shortages of nurses, carers, support workers, allied health professionals and other key workers are reflected in the high and rising number of job advertisements. 

The sector demonstrated its exceptional professionalism and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the emergency has taken a considerable toll on staff. The strains have led to an increased focus on wellbeing and support for mental health.

The pandemic has also provided the catalyst for advances in technology in areas such as remote appointments and artificial intelligence-enabled diagnostics. The results can increase capacity and improve patient care while easing the strains on staff.

 

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