Flexibility at a Cost: Responding to a Skilled Labour Shortage

  • Keith Townsend
  • Cameron Allan


There is currently a major shortage of working nurses in Australia. It is expected that this shortage will worsen in the immediate future (AIHW, 2003; Buchanan and Considine, 2002; DEST, 2002). A recent government report indicates a shortfall of 31,000 nurses by 2006 (DEST, 2002). This skilled labour shortage is not confined to Australia and is an international problem (Loquist, 2002). Countries such as the UK and the USA have experienced long-term problems in nursing labour supply and have relied extensively on immigration to supplement local labour shortages (Davis and Nichols, 2002).


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  • Cameron Allan

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