Australian and overseas trained doctors - a study of community integration, quality of life and the resultant retention in rural and remote Australia

Verma, P 2014, Australian and overseas trained doctors - a study of community integration, quality of life and the resultant retention in rural and remote Australia, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Management, RMIT University.


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Title Australian and overseas trained doctors - a study of community integration, quality of life and the resultant retention in rural and remote Australia
Author(s) Verma, P
Year 2014
Abstract This study has explored the impact of the community integration of ATDs (Australian Trained Doctors) and OTDs (Overseas Trained Doctors) in rural and remote communities on their quality of life (QOL) and its resultant effect on their retention by developing a model of research linking QOL as the intervening variable between community integration (the independent variable) and retention (the dependent variable). A national survey of 279 rural and remote GPs was conducted between September and December 2010. Satisfaction levels of both types of GPs (ATDs and OTDs) in rural and remote Australia were observed regarding their community integration and QOL. The survey proper explored the objective experiences of GPs for community integration and QOL. Their satisfaction levels with community integration was measured using the ‘Experiential Place Integration’ framework first used by Cutchin in his paper, ‘Physician retention in rural communities: the perspective of experiential place integration’ (Cutchin, 1997). The ‘Comprehensive Quality of Life scale (ComQol A-5)’ developed by Cummins (1997) was adapted and modified for measuring satisfaction with QOL of these GP respondents.

The study observed higher satisfaction levels for GP respondents (both ATDs and OTDs) with most of the dimensions of ‘Experiential Place Integration’ domains, and as well as with the domains of QOL in rural and remote Australia. The major finding was that ATD respondents were more satisfied than OTD respondents. The results from the study further indicated that there was a significant difference between the ATD respondents and OTD respondents regarding security dimension of community integration. OTD respondents felt less secure than ATD respondents in rural and remote settings. Further, the result from the univariate analysis of GP respondents indicated that there was a significant difference between the ATD and OTD respondents in rural and remote communities regarding satisfaction with QOL domains. The major differences were observed in the domain of “material possessions’ followed by ‘acceptance by community’ and ‘sense of security’ domain respectively.

Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Management
Keyword(s) workforce retention
medical practitioners
rural medical services
community integration
overseas trained medical practitioners
Australian trained medical practitioner
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