An examination of supportive management practices promoting health workforce stability in remote northern Australia

Onnis, Leigh-Ann Lesley (2015) An examination of supportive management practices promoting health workforce stability in remote northern Australia. Australasian Psychiatry, 23 (6). pp. 679-682.

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Abstract

Objective: The aim of this study is to examine management practices that support the wellbeing of health professionals working in remote regions, which may improve workforce retention.

Method: An online questionnaire was distributed to health professionals working in remote regions of the Kimberley and North Queensland. A response rate of 20% was achieved.

Results: The findings suggest that, for health professionals working in remote regions of northern Australia, accessing adequate support is one of the most challenging aspects of working in remote regions. Hence, in remote regions where turnover is high, retention of competent health professionals may benefit from management practices that provide improved personal and professional support.

Conclusions: Health professionals working in remote Australia face unique pressures due to their geographical and professional isolation. Therefore, providing support improves their professional competence and personal wellbeing, and promotes workforce stability, which benefits the remote community through better access to health services.

Item ID: 41293
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1665
Keywords: workforce, remote, management, support, retention
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This publication was included as Chapter 7 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: 16 Nov 2015 03:03
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