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Question On Notice No. 477 asked in the Legislative Council on 16 December 2021 by Hon Colin De Grussa

Question Directed to the: Minister representing the Minister for Health
Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 41 Session: 1
Question

I refer to Western Australian Health staff, and I ask, how many registered nurses resigned, regardless of reason for resignation, from the public heath system between:
(a) 1 April 2020 to 3 November 2020; and
(b) 3 November to 1 April 2021?

Answered on 16 February 2022

(a) 1,046 registered and enrolled nurses resigned between 1 April 2020 to 3 November 2020.

 

(b) 957 registered and enrolled nurses resigned between 3 November 2020 to 1 April 2021.

 

The numbers above represent headcount rather than FTE.

 

While the WA health system had 2,003 resignations between 1 April 2020 to 1 April 2021, 3,604 registered and enrolled nurses were recruited during the same period, resulting in a net increase of 1,601 to the WA health nursing workforce.

 

It should be noted that the resignation data set does not capture nurses who resign from a Health Service Provider but are subsequently re-employed in the same Health Service Provider, as they are deemed to be ‘active’ employees, and their original resignation is not recorded on the system.