The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released the latest national survey of nursing residency training programs.
It is one of the first surveys to measure the impact of new nursing residency and to quantify the extent to which these programs are attracting new residents.
The survey has revealed that there are more than 7 million nursing graduates in Australia.
It also found that there is a significant rise in the number of people who are enrolled in nursing residency education and training programs each year, but also a decrease in enrolment overall.
The survey results also revealed that the number and percentage of nursing graduates enrolled in a program has increased since 2009.
According to the NHMRC, the number attending nursing residency in the last year increased by 7.6 per cent compared to 2009.
In addition, the survey found that the percentage of people aged 65 and over who were enrolled in the program increased by 5.1 per cent, from 13.4 per cent to 15.5 per cent.
This is a big shift in the demographics of the population who are going into nursing.
It means that the population aged 65 years and over is increasing by 5 per cent a year compared to 2010.
But while the numbers have increased in the past five years, the percentage who are currently enrolled in programs has decreased by 5 percentage points, from 17.9 per cent in 2010 to 16.1 percent in 2016.
The NHMRA said the data also showed that the proportion of people going into education and research programs has been declining for more than three years, but it also found a sharp increase in enrolments, which it said is “an indication that there has been a shift in enrolling patterns”.
Nursing residency programs have been under scrutiny over recent years after a number of high profile incidents including the death of a young woman in the mid 2000s.
The latest survey also found there was a significant decline in the percentage with a Bachelor’s degree from 2009 to 2016.
However, the NHMA is continuing to recommend that all nursing graduates be trained in a Registered Nurse Occupational Speciality (RNOS) for a period of at least three years.