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A medical practitioner who reported that he or she worked mainly, or only, in his or her state of registration, in medicine, in the week before the survey for pay, commission, payment in kind or profit. In this report, data on employed medical practitioners include those who are:
A medical practitioner mainly employed in a salaried position in a hospital who does not have a recognised specialist qualification and who is not in training to gain a recognised specialist qualification. It includes interns, resident medical officers, career medical officers and other salaried hospital practitioners.
Main occupation refers to the type of medical work undertaken by an employed medical practitioner. Occupations are divided into two main groups, with categories in each group, as follows:
Clinician: A medical practitioner who spends most of the total weekly working hours mainly engaged in clinical practice (that is, diagnosis and/or treatment including recommending preventive action to patients) is classified as a clinician. It includes:
A person whose primary employment role is to diagnose physical and mental illnesses, disorders and injuries and prescribe medications and treatments that promote or restore good health.
In the AIHW Medical Labour Force Survey, primary care practitioners are defined as medical practitioners who reported that they were employed at the time of the survey, they spent most of their time working as clinicians in the week before the survey, and their main area of clinical practice was primary or general care.
Primary care practitioners who identify as such are asked to further identify themselves as a vocationally registered general practitioner, an RACGP trainee or other.
A medical practitioner with a qualification awarded by, or which equates to that awarded by, the relevant specialist professional college in Australia to treat certain conditions (defined in the questionnaire).
A medical practitioner who has been accepted by a specialist medical college into a training position supervised by a member of the college. They are self-identified on the questionnaire.
A State or territory is the State or Territory of the main job of the medical practitioner, being the job in which they report working the most hours.