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A Glimpse at the Australian Health Information Workforce: Findings from the First Australian Census

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Butler-Henderson, K ORCID: 0000-0002-6082-2108 and Gray, K 2019 , 'A Glimpse at the Australian Health Information Workforce: Findings from the First Australian Census', in Studies in health technology and informatics , IOS Press, Netherlands, pp. 1145-1149 , doi: 10.3233/SHTI190405.

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Abstract

The Australian Health Information Workforce is a critical discipline in the health sector as the investment in digital technologies increases. Yet historically there was no standardized reporting about the workforce and its six professional areas: clinical coding, costing analysts, data analysts, health informaticians, health information managers and health librarians. This paper presents the findings from the inaugural Australian Health Information Workforce Census. Analysis of 1,596 responses indicates this is an aging (56.1% ≥45 years) workforce with a large (78.1%) female population. Working in permanent (82%), public hospital (72%) roles, in professional or managerial roles (84%). The majority (93.2%) of respondents hold a tertiary qualification in health information, one-quarter of these at masters or doctoral level. Fewer than 30% of respondents hold a health information credential from a professional or industry association. The data from the ongoing national census will inform workforce planning and enable forecasting of the future workforce needs.

Item Type: Conference Publication
Authors/Creators:Butler-Henderson, K and Gray, K
Keywords: census, workforce, health information
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in health technology and informatics
Publisher: IOS Press
ISSN: 0926-9630
DOI / ID Number: 10.3233/SHTI190405
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Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License 4.0 (CC BY-NC 4.0).

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