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Table 1 Participant characteristics (n = 46)

From: The New South Wales Allied Health Workplace Learning Study: barriers and enablers to learning in the workplace

Characteristic n (%)
Managers 19 (41%)
 Head of Discipline/Service manager 13  
 Allied Health Directora 5  
 Other 1  
Clinicians 19 (41%)
 ‘Juniors’b 7  
 ‘Seniors’c 10  
 ‘Specialists’d 2  
Educators 8 (18%)
 Discipline specific 5  
 Allied Health 3  
Discipline   
 Physiotherapy 9  
 Occupational Therapy 9  
 Social Work 8  
 Speech Pathology 7  
 Nutrition and Dietetics 4  
 Psychology 3  
 Medical Radiation Sciences 2e  
 Podiatry 1e  
 Genetic Counselling 1e  
 Pharmacy 1e  
 Nursingf 1e  
Employment site   
 Metropolitan 33 (72%)
 Rural/regional 13 (28%)
Employment status   
 Full-time 36 (78%)
 Part-timeg 10 (22%)
Age (years)   
 <25 0 (0%)
 25-44 24 (52%)
 45-64 21 (46%)
 ≥65 1 (2%)
Gender   
 Female 34 (74%)
 Male 12 (26%)
  1. aAllied Health Directors included 3 district/network directors of allied health and 2 district/network discipline specific directors.
  2. b‘Junior’ clinicians included Level 1–2 AHPs and psychologists/clinical psychologists.
  3. c‘Senior’ clinicians included Level 3–4 AHPs and senior psychologists/clinical psychologists.
  4. dClinical specialists included Level 6 AHPs who identified their primary role as ‘clinician’.
  5. eTo maintain participant anonymity professions with ≤ 2 participants will be described as ‘allied health’ when presenting quotes, rather than by their profession.
  6. fFor readability the sample will be referred to as ‘AHPs’, inclusive of 45 AHPs and 1 nurse (the nurse was a manager of AHPs).
  7. gPart-time employment was any paid employment that was self-identified to be ‘part-time’.