Health professionals working in remote Australia: a review of the literature

Onnis, Leigh-ann Lesley, and Pryce, Josephine (2016) Health professionals working in remote Australia: a review of the literature. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 54 (1). pp. 32-56.

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Health professionals working in remote Australia have demanding and stressful yet diverse and rewarding roles. The health domain literature examines the challenges of health service delivery non-cognisant of the benefits of a human resource management (HRM) approach. This systematic literature review uses an HRM approach to examine what is already known on this topic, and to identify key extant themes in order to determine: 1) which factors are common across the entire remote health workforce; and 2) whether there are factors that are unique to working in remote Indigenous communities that need further consideration. The findings suggest that the challenges and rewards are similar for health professionals working in remote Indigenous communities and those working in rural and remote regions. Therefore, the emergent themes (Personal, Professional, Organisational and Contextual) presented within a conceptual framework in this article, are pertinent for all health professionals working in remote Australia.

Item ID: 41291
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1744-7941
Keywords: health workforce, HRM, remote, retention, turnover
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This publication was included as Chapter 2 of the following PhD thesis: Onnis, Leigh-Ann (2016) A sustainable remote health workforce: translating HRM policy into practice. PhD thesis, James Cook University, which is available Open Access in ResearchOnline@JCU. Please see the Related URLs for access.

Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2016 00:39
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