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Table 1 Summary of nurse and Aboriginal health practitioner workforce metrics, by community population size and type

From: Patterns of resident health workforce turnover and retention in remote communities of the Northern Territory of Australia, 2013–2015

Population size category of remote community Number of clinics Mean annual nurse and AHP turnover (%) (95% CI) Mean nurse and AHP annual stability (%) (95% CI) Mean number of pay periods per year with an experienced nurse or AHP (95% CI)a Mean survival probability for nurses and AHPs after 12 months (95% CI) Average survival time for nurses and AHPs in years (95% CI)
<200 predominantly Aboriginal 7 120 (68, 209) 61.9 (37.6, 100.0) 9.7 (8.4, 11.1) 0.12 (0.03, 0.29) 0.38 (0.08, 0.88)
200–349 predominantly Aboriginal 12 172 (128, 232) 54.9 (40.5, 74.4) 17.0 (15.7, 18.4) 0.10 (0.04, 0.18) 0.19 (0.11, 0.31)
350–799 predominantly Aboriginal 16 149 (120, 185) 53.6 (43.5, 66.0) 18.6 (17.4, 19.8) 0.17 (0.11, 0.24) 0.23 (0.15, 0.31)
≥800 predominantly Aboriginal 11 116 (97, 138) 54.5 (46.4, 64.1) 23.3 (21.7, 25.0) 0.25 (0.19, 0.31) 0.46 (0.38, 0.54)
Predominantly non-Aboriginal 7 82 (56, 120) 60.8 (44.0, 83.9) 17.7 (16.0, 19.6) 0.24 (0.12, 0.38) 0.31 (0.11, 0.69)
Total 53 128 (114, 144) 55.3 (49.6, 61.6) 17.9 (17.3, 18.6) 0.20 (0.16, 0.24) 0.34 (0.27, 0.42)
  1. Turnover and stability calculations done at an aggregate level for each category of population size
  2. AHP Aboriginal health practitioners, CI confidence interval
  3. aPoisson distribution assumed