Distribution of male and female procedural and surgical specialists in Australia

Turtle, Elizabeth, Vnuk, Anna, and Isaac, Vivian (2021) Distribution of male and female procedural and surgical specialists in Australia. Australian Health Review, 45 (2). pp. 235-240.

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Objective: This study examined the distribution of the sexes across Australian medical procedural specialties in 2017 and investigated the proportion of currently registered female specialists based on their graduation date from 1969 to 2008.

Methods. A cross-sectional analysis of current Australian procedural and surgical specialists registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency as of January 2017 was undertaken. Participants included 4851 surgical specialists (594 female, 4257 male) and 14 948 specialists in specialties with high levels of procedural clinical work (4418 female, 10 530 male). The number of male and female specialists across each procedural specialty and the medical school graduation date of current female specialists were analysed.

Results. In 2017, female fellows represented only one in 10 surgeons and three in 10 procedural specialists. All surgical specialties are underrepresented by female specialists. Cardiology is least represented by female practitioners (one in 10), followed by intensive care and ophthalmology (two in 10). General surgery, otolaryngology and urology saw more female specialists with graduation dates between 1983 and 2003 compared with the other surgical specialties.

Conclusion. The number of female practitioners registered as specialists is increasing, but they continue to be underrepresented at specialist level across many procedural and surgical specialties.

Item ID: 67793
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1449-8944
Keywords: gender; medicine; surgery; procedural specialties
Copyright Information: Journal compilation © AHHA 2021
Funders: Flinders University (FU)
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2021 05:02
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4405 Gender studies > 440599 Gender studies not elsewhere classified @ 20%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320226 Surgery @ 60%
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390406 Gender, sexuality and education @ 20%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160202 Gender aspects in education @ 30%
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160206 Workforce transition and employment @ 40%
20 HEALTH > 2002 Evaluation of health and support services > 200206 Health system performance (incl. effectiveness of programs) @ 30%
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