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Retention of allied health professionals in Tasmania


Bond, A and Barnett, T and Lowe, S and Allen, P, Retention of allied health professionals in Tasmania, The Australian Journal of Rural Health, 21, (4) pp. 236-237. ISSN 1440-1584 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 The Authors, Australian Journal of Rural Health National Rural Health Alliance Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1111/ajr.12039


Allied health professionals (AHPs) are important to the rural health workforce, although shortages exist in many rural areas. Studies that address recruitment and retention of AHPs have acknowledged the complex and multifactorial nature of the issue. We report findings from a Tasmanian Allied and Oral Health Workforce survey on factors that contribute to retention (intention to stay) of AHPs in rural areas.

Tasmania has one University that serves a state population of approximately 500 000 people. Only a limited number of allied health professional courses are offered by the University. This impacts on the ability of Tasmanians to undertake training across the full range of AHPs as well as the ability of practicing AHPs to access local university-based continuing professional development. Recruiting and retaining an AHP workforce can therefore be particularly challenging.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Allied Health, workforce, rural
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Rural and remote area health
UTAS Author:Bond, A (Ms Annabelle Bond)
UTAS Author:Barnett, T (Associate Professor Tony Barnett)
UTAS Author:Lowe, S (Mrs Shelagh Lowe)
UTAS Author:Allen, P (Dr Penny Allen)
ID Code:86691
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Rural Clinical School
Deposited On:2013-10-11
Last Modified:2017-11-06

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