An examination of supportive management practices promoting health workforce stability in remote northern Australia

An examination of supportive management practices promoting health workforce stability in remote northern Australia Journal Article

Australasian Psychiatry

  • Author(s): Onnis, L.A.
  • Published: 2015
  • Volume: 23
  • ISBN: 1440-1665 (Electronic) 1039-8562 (Linking)

Abstract: OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to examine management practices that support the wellbeing of health professionals working in remote regions, which may improve workforce retention. METHOD: An online questionnaire was distributed to health professionals working in remote regions of the Kimberley and North Queensland. A response rate of 20% was achieved. RESULTS: The findings suggest that, for health professionals working in remote regions of northern Australia, accessing adequate support is one of the most challenging aspects of working in remote regions. Hence, in remote regions where turnover is high, retention of competent health professionals may benefit from management practices that provide improved personal and professional support. CONCLUSIONS: Health professionals working in remote Australia face unique pressures due to their geographical and professional isolation. Therefore, providing support improves their professional competence and personal wellbeing, and promotes workforce stability, which benefits the remote community through better access to health services.

  • Urls: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1039856215608284
  • Keywords: Australia, Catchment Area (Health), Health Personnel/ psychology/statistics & numerical data, Humans, Mental Health, Personnel Turnover/ statistics & numerical data, Practice Management/organization & administration/standards, Rural Health Services/organization & administration/statistics & numerical data, Social Support, Surveys and Questionnaires

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Onnis, L.A., 2015, An examination of supportive management practices promoting health workforce stability in remote northern Australia, Volume:23, Journal Article, viewed 10 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=14487.

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