Evaluation of the GP Super Clinics Program 2007-2008

6.1.3 Clinicians

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Clinician Survey

Email addresses for 131 clinicians were provided by the GP Super Clinic Directors. Ten email addresses were automatically returned to the sender as being incorrect or “out of office” for the period of the web-based survey. A total of 53 clinicians completed the web-based survey, a response rate 44 per cent. The profile of the clinicians is outlined in Table 6.

Table 6: Demographic Characteristics of Clinician Participants in Survey

Clinician Characteristic
Clinician Survey Data
Number
Proportion of Sample (%)
Gender
Male
27
51
Female
26
49
Age
18-24
2
4
25-34
9
17
35-44
21
40
45-54
15
28
55-64
6
11
65+
0
0
Discipline
General practitioner
29
55
PGPPP*
1
2
Non GP Medical specialist
1
2
Nurse
4
8
Psychologist
7
13
Physiotherapist
4
8
Podiatrist
2
4
Other allied health**
4
8
Manager
1
2

* Prevocational General Practice Placements Program
** Other Allied Health includes Social Worker, Diabetes Educator, Dietician, and Occupational Therapist

Approximately equal proportions of male (51%) and female (49%) clinicians completed the clinician survey. The majority (68%, n=36) were between 35 and 54 years. Over half (55%, n=29) of the survey participants were GPs, four (8%) were nurses and 17 (33%) were allied health clinicians. The majority (75%) were employed on a contractual basis and 13% were employed by the GP Super Clinics.

Clinician Interviews

A total of 75 staff involved in management (including GP Super Clinic Directors) and clinicians from a range of disciplines, participated in the semi-structured interviews during the seven site visits. A discipline profile of the participating clinicians is outlined in Table 7.

Table 7: Gender and Discipline Profile of Participants in Clinician Site-visit Interviews

Clinician Interview Data
Discipline
Number
Proportion of Sample (%)
General practitioner
22
29
Nurse
13
17
Psychologist
4
5
Dietician
2
3
Physiotherapist
4
5
Other allied health*
5
7
Managers**
23
31
Students (medical and nursing)
2
3
75
100

* Other included Occupational Therapist, Welfare, Social Worker, Exercise Physiologist and Podiatrist
** Included GP Super Clinic Directors, Practice Managers and Administrative staff managers


The majority of those interviewed were clinicians (66%) with managers (31%), and general practitioners (29%), nurses (17%) and allied health staff (20%) accounting for specific disciplines. GP Super Clinics Directors, who were GPs providing a clinical and management role, for the purposes of these data, were classified as managers. Similarly practice managers who were nurses and also provided a clinical role were classified as managers.