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Butler-Henderson K, Gray K, Pearce C, Ritchie A, Brophy J, Schaper LK, Bennett V, Ryan A.2019. Exploring the health informatics occupational group in the 2018 Australian health information workforce census. PeerJ Preprints7:e27626v1https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.27626v1
There has been no empirical evidence about the health informatics workforce in Australia produced in the last ten years. This study reports the findings from an analysis of a subset of the 2018 Australian Health Informatics Workforce Census data. Analysing 420 responses that were identified as the occupational group Health Informatics, the results indicate that whilst most of the workforce is classified as aged (>45 years), many respondents are still relatively early in their health informatics careers. Furthermore, most do not possess any formal education in health informatics and almost a quarter undertake their health informatics role alongside another health-related role. The broad range of position titles and functions demonstrates the breadth within this workforce. Ongoing monitoring of this occupational group is required to inform workforce reform and renewal.
The paper has been developed for the Health Informatics Conference 2019. If accepted, it will be published elsewhere. This PeerJ Preprint is to allow feedback to the draft paper. The final paper may differ from this version once it has been through a review process.