Recruitment and retention of the Australian medical practitioner workforce - a longitudinal electronic cohort study

Dick, Marie-Louise, Turner, Catherine, Wilkinson, David, Stewart, Simon, Schluter, Philip, Rego, Patricia and Askew, Deborah (2008). Recruitment and retention of the Australian medical practitioner workforce - a longitudinal electronic cohort study. In: 2008 General Practice & Primary Health Care Research Conference: Health for All?, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, (). 4 - 6 June, 2008.


Author Dick, Marie-Louise
Turner, Catherine
Wilkinson, David
Stewart, Simon
Schluter, Philip
Rego, Patricia
Askew, Deborah
Title of paper Recruitment and retention of the Australian medical practitioner workforce - a longitudinal electronic cohort study
Conference name 2008 General Practice & Primary Health Care Research Conference: Health for All?
Conference location Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Conference dates 4 - 6 June, 2008
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Poster
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
In light of the highly publicized and significant national health problem of the shortage and maldistribution of doctors in the Australian medical workforce, the Doctors' e-Cohort Study aims to establish an ongoing longitudinal study examining factors associated with the recruitment and retention of doctors in the Australian health system.

The project, modelled on the Nurses & Midwives e-Cohort Study, adapts traditional longitudinal epidemiological research methods using innovative information technology techniques, to follow a cohort of medical students and graduate doctors through their careers. Focussing initially on Queensland medical students and medical practitioners, then expanding nationally, the study will invite participants to complete an annual electronic survey. The survey will seek information related to basic demographics, patterns of employment, workplace environment, job satisfaction, personal health and lifestyle issues, and stress-related conditions to explore how these (and other) factors impact upon the recruitment and retention of doctors.

The Doctors' e-Cohort Study will begin recruitment in April 2008, with data collection to continue for up to five years.

The Doctors' e-Cohort Study is being implemented at a time when medical practitioners, the communities they serve and local and national policy-makers are acutely aware of the consequences of inadequate training and support of the health workforce. This study will provide crucial information to inform health policy decision-making in this area.
Subjects 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Keyword Employment and retention
Skills shortage
Medical professionals
Cohort study
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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