A study of clinical dietetic workforce recruitment and retention in Queensland

Hughes, Roger, Odgers-Jewell, Kate, Vivanti, Angela, Ferguson, Maree and Leveritt, Michael (2011) A study of clinical dietetic workforce recruitment and retention in Queensland. Nutrition and Dietetics, 68 1: 70-76. doi:10.1111/j.1747-0080.2010.01493.x

Author Hughes, Roger
Odgers-Jewell, Kate
Vivanti, Angela
Ferguson, Maree
Leveritt, Michael
Title A study of clinical dietetic workforce recruitment and retention in Queensland
Journal name Nutrition and Dietetics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1446-6368
Publication date 2011-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1747-0080.2010.01493.x
Volume 68
Issue 1
Start page 70
End page 76
Total pages 7
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aims: The aim of the present study was to investigate factors influencing the recruitment and retention of the clinical dietetics workforce in metropolitan practice, with a focus on Queensland Health.

Methods: A qualitative study using semistructured telephone and face-to-face interviews among a purposively recruited sample of 28 Queensland clinical dietitians. The interviews explored factors affecting recruitment and retention, job satisfaction and possible strategies for the recruitment and retention of hospital-based dietitians within Queensland Health was conducted. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and content analysed by two researchers (authors 1 & 2) before comparing, confirming, describing and interpreting themes identified.

Results: All but two of the interviewees (26/28) were either existing (n = 16) or previous (n = 10) employees of Queensland Health. The demographic attributes of the sample reflected the broader Australian dietetic workforce. Factors effecting recruitment to current positions were the position itself, the closeness of the position to home and job security associated with Queensland Health positions. The most common factors assisting retention in Queensland Health were the team collegiality, opportunities, and the closeness to home of the workplace and professional development opportunities. The negatives of employment were high work demands or workload and bureaucratic frustrations within Queensland Health. Increasing remuneration rates, career pathways and increasing the flexibility of work hours were strategies considered as most important for Queensland Health to enhance clinician recruitment and retention.

Conclusion: Factors effecting recruitment and retention of clinical dietitians are largely amenable to human resource and organisational management strategies that address these determinants of staff turnover.
Keyword Clinical nutrition and dietetics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
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