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Bringing them home: A Gippsland mental health workforce recruitment strategy


Sutton, K and Maybery, D and Moore, Terry, Bringing them home: A Gippsland mental health workforce recruitment strategy, Australian Health Review, 36, (1) pp. 79-82. ISSN 0156-5788 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 AHHA

DOI: doi:10.1071/AH11003


This paper reports on preliminary findings of a novel program piloted in 2010 to address rural mental health workforce shortages. The program involved exposing allied health and nursing students from rural backgrounds studying in Melbourne to mental health service employment opportunities in Gippsland.Alongitudinal study is underway to evaluate the effect and outcomes of the program and includes surveying participants' interest in rural mental health work through an online questionnaire immediately prior to and following the program; and surveying career decisions at 6 months and yearly intervals. Paired sample t-tests were used to analyse participants' level of interest in rural work (pre-event 4.67 (1.50); postevent 5.93 (0.96); P = 0.001), career in a rural setting (pre-event 4.67 (1.63); post-event 5.67 (1.23); P = 0.006), mental health work (pre-event 4.73 (1.39); post-event 6.07 (0.80); P < 0.000) and rural mental health career (pre-event 4.73 (1.33); postevent 5.80 (1.21); P = 0.002). These findings indicate a significant increase from pre-to post-event and are supported by strong effect sizes suggesting that the program had a significant effect on participant interest in rural mental health work. Longer-term evaluation will determine whether the program influences participant career decisions and thereby addressing mental health workforce shortages in Gippsland.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:career choice, health professions, rural, students
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Mental health nursing
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Moore, Terry (Dr Terry Moore)
ID Code:85023
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2013-06-11
Last Modified:2017-11-27

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