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Type: Journal article
Title: The South Australian Allied Health Workforce survey: helping to fill the evidence gap in primary health workforce planning
Author: Whitford, D.
Smith, T.
Newbury, J.
Citation: Australian Journal of Primary Health, 2012; 18(3):234-241
Publisher: Australian Journal Primary Health, Australian Institute Primary Care & School Public Health
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 1448-7527
1836-7399
Statement of
Responsibility: 
Deirdre Whitford, Tony Smith and Jonathan Newbury
Abstract: There is a lack of detailed evidence about the allied health workforce to inform proposed health care reforms. The South Australian Allied Health Workforce (SAAHW) survey collected data about the demographic characteristics, employment, education and recruitment and retention of allied health professionals in South Australia. The SAAHW questionnaire was widely distributed and 1539 responses were received. The average age of the sample was 40 years; males were significantly older than females, the latter making up 82% of respondents. Three-quarters of the sample worked in the city; 60% worked full time and the remainder in part-time, casual or locum positions. ‘Work–life balance’ was the most common attraction to respondents’ current jobs and ‘Better career prospects’ the most common reason for intending to leave. Practice in a rural location was influenced by rural background and rural experience during training. A greater proportion of Generation Y (1982–2000) respondents intended to leave within 2 years than Generation X (1961–81) or Baby Boomers (1943–60). Most respondents were satisfied with their job, although some reported lack of recognition of their knowledge and skills. Systematic, robust allied health workforce data are required for integrated and sustainable primary health care delivery.
Keywords: Health reform; models of care; recruitment; retention
Rights: © La Trobe University 2012
RMID: 0020121508
DOI: 10.1071/PY11027
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