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Table 1 Characteristics of health professionals and complaints

From: Identification of practitioners at high risk of complaints to health profession regulators

  N Percent
Characteristics of health professionals 715,415 100
Male sex 160,124 22·4
Age in 2010
  ≤ 25 years 45,829 6·4
 26–35 years 177,251 24·8
 36–45 years 155,270 21·7
 46–55 years 154,644 21·6
 56–65 years 138,294 19·3
 66–75 years 44,127 6·2
Profession and specialty
 Doctor 104,123 14·6
  General practice 25,347 3·5
  Surgery 6817 1·0
  Obstetrics and gynaecology 1956 0·3
  Physician 11,310 1·6
  Psychiatry 3508 0·5
  Anaesthesia 4699 0·7
  Radiology 2545 0·4
  Emergency and ICU 2479 0·3
  Non-clinical 2285 0·3
  Non-specialist 43,177 6·0
 Nurse 392,447 54·9
  Registered nurse 319,912 44·7
  Enrolled nurse 72,535 10·1
 Midwife 45,014 6·3
 Dental practitioners 22,585 3.2
  Dentists/Dental prosthetists 18,120 2·5
  Other dental practitioners 4465 0·6
 Psychologist 34,509 4·8
 Pharmacist 30,778 4·3
 ATSI practitioners 595 0·1
 Chinese medicine practitioners 4766 0·7
 Chiropractors 5135 0·7
 Medical radiation practitioners 16,103 2·3
 Occupational therapist 18,494 2·6
 Optometrist 5119 0·7
 Osteopath 2102 0·3
 Physiotherapist 28,940 4·0
 Podiatrists 4705 0·7
Location of practice
 Major city 534,094 74·7
 Inner/outer regional 170,797 23·9
 Remote/very remote 10,524 1·5
Complaint issue 39,575 100
 Health issues 3220 8.1
  Physical heath 492 1·2
  Mental health 1266 3·2
  Substance use 1462 3·7
 Conduct issues 13,799 34.9
  Records and reports 2293 5·8
  Use or supply of medications 1039 2·6
  Honesty 520 1·3
  Fees and servicing 1094 2·8
  Interpersonal behaviour 3669 9·3
  Sexual boundaries 1173 3·0
  Compliance with conditions 438 1·1
  Other conduct issues 3573 9·0
 Performance issues 21,420 54.1
  Prescribing or dispensing 2335 5·9
  Procedures 2290 5·8
  Treatment, communication and other clinical issues 16,795 42·4
Unknown 1136 2·9