Climie, RE and Wu, JHY and Calkin, AC and Chapman, N and Inglis, SC and Mirabito Colafella, KM and Picone, DS and Tan, JTM and Thomas, E and Viola, HM and Wise, SG and Murphy, AJ and Nelson, MR and Nicholls, SJ and Hool, LC and Doyle, K and Figtree, GA and Marques, FZ, on behalf of the Australian Cardiovascular Alliance, Lack of strategic funding and long-term job security threaten to have profound effects on cardiovascular researcher retention in Australia, Heart Lung and Circulation, 29, (11) pp. 1588-1595. ISSN 1443-9506 (2020) [Refereed Article]
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Methods: We used an online survey distributed across Australian cardiovascular societies/councils, universities and research institutes over a period of 6 months during 2019, with 548 completed responses. Inclusion criteria included being an Australian resident or an Australian citizen who lived overseas, and a current or past student or employee in the field of cardiovascular research.
Results: The mean age of respondents was 42±13 years, 47% were male, 85% had a full-time position, and 40% were a group leader or laboratory head. Twenty-three per cent (23%) had permanent employment, and 82% of full-time workers regularly worked >40 hours/week. Sixty-eight per cent (68%) said they had previously considered leaving the cardiovascular research sector. If their position could not be funded in the next few years, a staggering 91% of respondents would leave the sector. Compared to PhD- and age-matched men, women were less likely to be a laboratory head and to feel they had a long-term career path as a cardiovascular researcher, while more women were unsure about future employment and had considered leaving the sector (all p<0.05). Greater job security (76%) and government and philanthropic investment in cardiovascular research (72%) were highlighted by responders as the main changes to current practices that would encourage them to stay.
Conclusion: Strategic solutions, such as diversification of career pathways and funding sources, and moving from a competitive to a collaborative culture, need to be a priority to decrease reliance on government funding and allow cardiovascular researchers to thrive.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||cardiovascular, funding, tender equity, workforce|
|Research Division:||Biomedical and Clinical Sciences|
|Research Group:||Cardiovascular medicine and haematology|
|Research Field:||Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases)|
|Objective Group:||Clinical health|
|Objective Field:||Clinical health not elsewhere classified|
|UTAS Author:||Climie, RE (Dr Rachel Climie)|
|UTAS Author:||Chapman, N (Miss Niamh Chapman)|
|UTAS Author:||Picone, DS (Dr Dean Picone)|
|UTAS Author:||Nelson, MR (Professor Mark Nelson)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||4|
|Deposited By:||Menzies Institute for Medical Research|
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