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Table 2 Workforce characteristics of responders according to profession

From: The destination of Pacific Island health professional graduates from a New Zealand university

Characteristic Medicine Dentistry Pharmacy Physiotherapy Medical laboratory sciences
N 28 14 23 7 3
Age (mean and range) 31 (26–43) 30 (26–34) 30 (25–35) 28 (25–34) 31 (29–34)
Number of women (%) 16 (57%) 7 (50%) 16 (70%) 6 (86%) 3 (100%)
Mean years since graduation (range) 7.3 (4–14) 7.3 (4–11) 7.8 (4–13) 7.0 (4–13) 7.7 (4–10)
Still practising as original health professional degree 28 13 20 7 2
Ethnicity      
Cook Islands Maori 1 0 0 1 0
Fijian 8 1 0 0 0
Fijian Indian 2 5 19 3 1
Samoan 9 2 1 2 1
Tongan 4 3 0 0 1
Multiple Pacific 1 2 1 1 0
Other Pacific 3 1 2 0 0
Postgraduate status      
Done postgraduate qualification 15 4 9 2 1
Intending to do postgraduate qualification 25 7 18 5 2
Not done nor intending to do postgraduate qualification 0 6 6 0 0
Main location of practice      
Pacific Island community in NZ 5 1 2 3 0
General community in NZ 15 9 11 0 2
Pacific Islands 2 0 2 1 0
Elsewhere 6 3 5 3 0
Number ever worked in Pacific Island community in NZ 13 3 5 2 1
Number ever worked in the Pacific 10 5 12 3 0
Intending to work in Pacific Island community/Pacific Islands if not currently 11 2 10 1 1
Mentor status      
Currently has a mentor 4 6 10 2 0
Mentor is a Pacific Islander 3 0 3 1 -
Mentor is helpful 4 6 10 2 -
Mentor influenced decisions on where to practise 4 1 3 1 -
  1. NZ: New Zealand.