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Wellbeing, job satisfaction and commitment among Australian community health workers: the relationship with working conditions

journal contribution
posted on 2007-12-01, 00:00 authored by Andrew NobletAndrew Noblet, C Cooper, John Mc Williams, A Rudd
The Australian community health sector has undergone extensive organisational reform in recent times, and, in the push to enhance efficiencies and contain costs, there are indications that these changes may have undermined the wellbeing of community health personnel and their ability to provide high quality illness-prevention services. The aim of this study was to examine the working environments experienced by community health service employees and identify conditions that are predictive of employee stress. The study was guided by a tailored version of the demand-control-support model, whereby the generic components of the model had been augmented by more situation-specific stressors. The results of multiple regression analyses indicated that job control, and, to a lesser extent, social support, were closely associated with the outcome variables (psychological health, job satisfaction and organisational commitment). The more situation-specific stressors also accounted for significant proportions of explained variance. Overall, the results suggest that working conditions, particularly job control, social support and specific job stressors, offer valuable opportunities for protecting and enhancingthe wellbeing of community health service personnel.

History

Journal

Australian journal of primary health

Volume

13

Issue

3

Pagination

40 - 48

Publisher

La Trobe University

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

ISSN

1448-7527

eISSN

1836-7399

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2007, CSIRO