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The balancing act: key issues in the lives of women general practitioners in Australia


Kilmartin, MR and Newell, CJ and Line, MA, The balancing act: key issues in the lives of women general practitioners in Australia, Medical Journal of Australia, 177, (2) pp. 87-89. ISSN 0025-729X (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04675.x


Objective: To identify key issues affecting women general practitioners in their professional and non-professional lives. Design: A qualitative study using the Delphi technique, with three rounds of data provision circulated to each participant. Coding was used to ensure anonymity. Setting and participants: The participants were a purposive sample of 40 women GPs drawn from all Australian States and Territories. The study was conducted between October 1996 and January 1997. Outcome measures: Key issues affecting the professional and non-professional lives of women GPs. Results: Some of the key professional issues for women GPs were job satisfaction, balancing work and personal life, autonomy, availability of flexible and part-time work and training, affordability of professional expenses, fair remuneration, and having a voice in decision-making. Key non-professional issues included self-care; time for relationships with a partner, children, family and friends; and time management to allow pursuit of non-medical interests. Conclusions: The conflicting demands made on women GPs diminish their job satisfaction and lead to stress and imbalance in their lives. Recommendations to ameliorate and problems for women GPs include appropriate training, policy formation, financial and other support, and a change in cultural expectations of women GPs by the community, the profession and governments.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Primary health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Women's and maternal health
UTAS Author:Kilmartin, MR (Dr Margaret Kilmartin)
UTAS Author:Newell, CJ (Associate Professor Christopher Newell)
UTAS Author:Line, MA (Dr Martin Line)
ID Code:25901
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:General Practice
Deposited On:2002-08-01
Last Modified:2003-07-29

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