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Distribution and location stability of the australian ophthalmology workforce: 2014-2019

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Allen, P and Jessup, B and Khanal, S and Baker-Smith, V and Obamiro, K and Barnett, T, Distribution and location stability of the australian ophthalmology workforce: 2014-2019, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, (23) pp. 1-9. ISSN 1660-4601 (2021) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright: 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

DOI: doi:10.3390/ijerph182312574

Abstract

Objective: To investigate the ophthalmology workforce distribution and location stability using Modified Monash Model category of remoteness.

Methods: Whole of ophthalmologist workforce analysis using Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA) data. Modified Monash Model (MMM) category was mapped to postcode of primary work location over a six-year period (2014 to 2019). MMM stability was investigated using survival analysis and competing risks regression. Design: Retrospective cohort study.

Setting: Australia. Participants: Ophthalmologists registered with AHPRA. Main outcome measures: Retention within MMM category of primary work location.

Results: A total of 948 ophthalmologists were identified (767 males, 181 females). Survival estimates indicate 84% of ophthalmologists remained working in MMM1, while 79% of ophthalmologists working in MMM2-MMM7remained in these regions during the six-year period.

Conclusion: The Australian ophthalmology workforce shows a high level of location stability and is concentrated in metropolitan areas of Australia. Investment in policy initiatives designed to train, recruit and retain ophthalmologists in regional, rural and remote areas is needed to improve workforce distribution outside of metropolitan areas.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ophthalmology, workforce distribution, rural health services
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Rural and remote health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Rural and remote area health
UTAS Author:Allen, P (Dr Penny Allen)
UTAS Author:Jessup, B (Dr Belinda Jessup)
UTAS Author:Obamiro, K (Dr Kehinde Obamiro)
UTAS Author:Barnett, T (Associate Professor Tony Barnett)
ID Code:148530
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Rural Clinical School
Deposited On:2022-01-20
Last Modified:2022-04-08
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