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What is the professional identity of allied health managers?


May Mak, KH and Kippist, L and Sloan, T and Eljiz, K, What is the professional identity of allied health managers?, Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, 14, (1) pp. 58-67. ISSN 1833-3818 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright (c) 2019 Ka-Hi May Mak, Louise Kippist, Terry Sloan, Kathy Eljiz This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).

DOI: doi:10.24083/apjhm.v14i1.219


Objective: This paper explores the professional identity (PI) of Allied Health Managers (AHMs) and how their identity is typically constructed.

Methods: A qualitative research methodology utilising semi-structured interviews was employed for this research. Thematic analysis was used to extract relevant data from the transcripts.

Settings: The study was undertaken in five acute hospitals within one of the largest metropolitan Local Health Districts in New South Wales, Australia. A total of sixteen AHMs and deputy AHMs were interviewed.

Results: Three key themes identified were: PI of AHM, motivation of becoming a manager, and construction of their identity. Factors motivating AHMs to follow a management pathway were identified as being a natural progression and having interest in high-level decision-making. Despite AHMs sharing similar role conflict as the medical managers, they adapted to hybrid manager roles with minimal resentment. They also adopted to the hybrid manager role with a positive, realistic and flexible perspective.

Conclusion: Despite facing role conflict as a hybrid-professional-manager, AHMs manage the transition from clinicians to managers with a positive approach. This indicates that AHMs may require certain skills or characteristics to successfully construct their PI.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:professional identity, managers, allied health, health professionals
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Eljiz, K (Dr Kathy Eljiz)
ID Code:132024
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Australian Institute of Health Service Management
Deposited On:2019-04-17
Last Modified:2020-05-05
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