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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : CJA September 2012
86 Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 42 Number 3 September 2012 Adequacy of Supply at the Local Level Table 4 outlines the data for the whole cohort on perceptions of supply on a local level. Half of the respondents reported that they perceived there to be an adequate supply of chiropractors in their local area. The remaining responses were evenly split between the view that there was an undersupply or oversupply (17% and 18% respectively). When responses to this question were examined at the state level, it was apparent that the majority of respondents in each state felt that there was adequate supply in their suburb or town. However, the respondents from the Northern Territory and Tasmania were more likely to say there was an undersupply of chiropractors locally where they work (not presented). Adequacy of Supply at the State Level Table 5 presents the results of the respondent’s perceptions of supply in their own state as opposed to their locality. The responses to this particular question were quite mixed as demonstrated in Table 5. Figure 3 breaks the data down into state by state responses and therefore provides useful information for planning and review purposes. The bulk of respondents from South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory perceived an undersupply in their state. Respondents from New South Wales and Victoria displayed more mixed responses. In summary, when considering their home state and their local region, more chiropractors thought that there was undersupply in their state (Figure 3), but an adequate supply in their local region (Table 5). Moreover, Figure 3 highlights different perceptions of adequacy from state to state. Perception of Current Graduation Rates Respondents were questioned regarding their perceptions of the numbers of graduates being produced each year by the Australian educational institutions. The results are presented in Table 6, and Figure 4. A large proportion (40%) of the sample felt that universities in Australia were graduating the correct number of chiropractors per year, while a further 32% reported that too many were being produced in Australia. Examining, those who thought that producing 200 new chiropractors per year was too many, most of these respondents felt that fewer than 200 graduates would be preferable. Figure 4 examines respondents perceptions regarding the rate of production of chiropractors according to whether they believe that there is an undersupply or oversupply of chiropractors in their state or territory. For instance, the left hand columns of Figure 4 show the responses of those who believe that there is an undersupply of chiropractors in their state. It shows that most of these respondents believe that the schools are graduating the correct number of chiropractors. This implies that while those individuals believe that the production of chiropractors at the current rate is correct perhaps the graduates are then not practicing in areas in which they are needed. In contrast, respondents who believe that there is an oversupply of chiropractors in their state (i.e . the third group of columns from the left), are equally divided as to whether there are too many or the correct number of graduates being produced by the schools. In fact, very few within that group believed that the schools were producing too few graduates. Table 5 Perceptions of Supply of Chiropractors in their State Variable Frequency Relative Frequency (%) Under supply in State Over supply in State Adequate supply in State Don’t know Missing Total 65 136 107 84 40 432 15.0 31.5 24.8 19.4 9.3 100.0 Table 6 Perceptions of Current Graduation Rates from Australian Institutions Variable Frequency Relative Frequency (%) Too Many Too Few Correct Output Missing Total 138 49 174 71 432 31.9 11.3 40.3 16.4 100.0 Figure 3: Perceptions of Supply in Home State by State Figure 4: Adequacy of Graduation Rate by State Supply Percep- tions WORK FORCE STUDY SURVEY EATON et al
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