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An exploration of issues of management and intention to stay : allied health professionals in south west Victoria, Australia

Stagnitti, Karen, Schoo, Adrian, Dunbar, James and Reid, Catherine 2006, An exploration of issues of management and intention to stay : allied health professionals in south west Victoria, Australia, Journal of allied health, vol. 35, no. 4, Winter, pp. 226-232.

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Title An exploration of issues of management and intention to stay : allied health professionals in south west Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Stagnitti, Karen
Schoo, Adrian
Dunbar, James
Reid, Catherine
Journal name Journal of allied health
Volume number 35
Issue number 4
Season Winter
Start page 226
End page 232
Publisher Charles B. Slack, Inc.
Place of publication Thorofare, N.J.
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0090-7421
Keyword(s) allied health personnel -- organization & administration,
Australia
humans
intention
job satisfaction
personnel loyalty
personnel management
personnel turnover
professional autonomy
qualitative research
Summary Management of allied health staff and services often has implications for staff stability and retention. A survey of allied health staff in South West Victoria was conducted in 2003 to explore issues relating to recruitment and retention. Findings relating to management and retention of staff in their current job are addressed in this report. A total of 138 staff returned their questionnaires. Results were related to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, level of belonging, with professional needs identified as feeling supported, orientation to the position, clear job description, and able to recommend the position to others. Qualitative data showed that recommending the position was associated with job satisfaction, autonomy, flexibility, and variety of work. The immediate management structure was significantly related to retention. Reasons given for intending to leave were related to management categories. These were management structure, lack of career structure, and lack of professional support. Reasons given by respondents for not recommending their current position were as follows: not for long-term career, risk of deskilling if staying too long, and financially unrewarding. These reasons were also related to management. Positive reasons for staying, which were related to management, included flexible work conditions, variety of clinical and management experience, good working environment, good support, and autonomy. Recommendations are given for organizational development and training for managers.
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Language eng
Field of Research 111709 Health Care Administration
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions
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