A new report by McKinsey & Co. shows the shortage of physiotherapists in Australia is so bad, it could lead to a shortage of doctors in the country.
“The current shortage of skilled physiotherapeutic staff is so serious that it is likely to lead to an oversupply of physicians in Australia,” McKinsey analyst David Rifkin wrote in the report, published on Monday.
“As a result, Australian health care systems are unlikely to be able to meet the rising demand for physiotherapy in Australia.”
It’s the first time McKinsey has looked at a shortage in Australia, but the report doesn’t rule out the possibility of shortages of other fields of care.
“Physiotherapeutics is by far the largest group of specialized specialty fields that are currently in short supply,” McKinley said in a statement.
“However, a shortage for these fields is not likely to be large, given the relatively low levels of demand in these fields.”
In the report’s analysis, McKinsey found there were more than 4.7 million physiotherAPIs in the United States, about two-thirds of them nurses.
“With more than three million physiotherapy APIs in Australia and the United Kingdom, the number of physiotherapy practitioners is expected to increase by an additional 10,000 per year,” the report says.
McKinsey estimates that a shortage could lead the number from Australia’s medical schools to become as high as 50,000.
The report found that Australian nurses could lose up to a third of their jobs, meaning they could need to take time off work to take care of sick family members.
“These pressures on Australia’s health system are likely to have a significant impact on its ability to maintain the number and quality of doctors,” McKinson wrote.