The annual electronic Workforce Survey is underway, with email invitations and a link to the survey sent to more than 4500 members of the College. An independent research company, Research New Zealand, has been commissioned to conduct the survey and analyse and report on the results.
Information gathered helps the College plan for workforce changes and draw public, media and political attention to issues confronting the sector. “There was a 44.5% response rate to the 2016 survey and we hope to get an even higher rate this year to ensure the data is even more robust,” says College Strategic Policy Manager Michael Thorn.
The survey provides data and trend information on retirement, income, employment status, working hours and demographics. Each year there is an additional focus on one or two particular issues. “This year, the College is particularly interested in gathering information about the prevalence of closed patient lists, the impact of appointment costs on patients and the opportunity cost of compliance requirements,” Mr Thorn says.
Data from the Workforce Survey helps to identify areas of general practice that need attention, as well as shaping the College’s strategic objectives. Government, health organisations and the public can also tap into the insights.
“This year, we are very pleased to introduce an online tool which can be used to search the 2016 reports. People can search the reports by topics such as work and wellbeing, technology and income. But they can also create their own tables to explore their specific interests. For example a GP may wish to combine the data on gender and practice ownership, or plans to retire and burn out,” Mr Thorn says.
See the online tool– use the word ‘guest’ as login and password.
Responses will be strictly confidential and the survey should take about 10 minutes.
To encourage participation by Wednesday 7 June, there is a prize draw for one respondent to win his or her choice of either:
• Free registration for the 2017 College Conference and $300 towards travel costs, or
• A camera (Nikon D3300 Digital SLR with 18-55 and 55-200mm lens), or
• An iPad (Apple 9.7-inch Wi-Fi +cellular, 128GB), or
• An espresso coffee machine (Breville Barista Express BES870).