Administrative staff self-reported long-term conditions: findings from a regional Australian health service

Wright, Kathy Lee, Verney, Karen, Brennan, Daryl, Lindsay, David, Lindsay, Daniel, and Smyth, Wendy (2019) Administrative staff self-reported long-term conditions: findings from a regional Australian health service. International Journal of Workplace Health Managment, 12 (6). pp. 483-494.

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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to investigate the long-term conditions affecting the administration workforce of a regional Australian health service, and their self-management of these conditions. Design/methodology/approach A cross-sectional survey design was used. The sample consisted of all administration staff members employed in 2018 across a large regional health service in Northern Australia. Findings Of the 328 respondents, 167 (51 per cent) reported having at least one long-term condition. Of these, 136 (81.4 per cent) indicated a single main condition for which management strategies were used. Musculoskeletal conditions were the most commonly nominated category (59.6 per cent), followed by mental health (10.3 per cent). Respondents with musculoskeletal conditions were statistically more likely to have a co-existing mental health long-term condition, chi(2)(1) = 95.64, p<0.001. There was also a statistically significant association between respondents reporting a mental health condition and being overweight, chi(2)(1) = 54.27, p< 0.05. Research limitations/implications - The response rate of 35 per cent, whilst relatively low, is a slight increase on similar surveys within this organisation. The reliability of the self-report data, presence of study bias and a weakening of the study's external validity is acknowledged. Practical implications - Targeted workplace intervention strategies, such as holistic wellness programs, should complement personal approaches, promote an ergonomic environment and create opportunities for increased dialogue between employees and their line managers, particularly regarding the complex interplay between long-term physical and mental health. Originality/value This is the first study of self-reported long-term conditions among administration staff within a health service, and augments findings from previous studies involving health professional groups in the same organisation.

Item ID: 61234
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1753-836X
Keywords: Management, Administration staff, Chronic, Long-term condition
Copyright Information: © Emerald Publishing Limited.
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2019 07:43
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3505 Human resources and industrial relations > 350505 Occupational and workplace health and safety @ 100%
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