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Table 5 Correlations between workforce metrics for nurses and Aboriginal health practitioners 2013–2015 and health service characteristics

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

Health service characteristic Annual turnover Stability after 12 months 2 years + experienced nurse or AHP 12 month survival probability Median survival Agency-employed nurse FTE ratio
Distance to the nearest hospital 0.1071 − 0.1872 − 0.1074 − 0.0720 − 0.0499 0.2182
Distance to Darwin or Alice Springs − 0.0146 − 0.2303 − 0.0156 0.0073 − 0.0419 0.2378
Community population size − 0.2183 − 0.0587 0.3846** 0.1080 0.1255 0.1757
Average number of nurses and AHPs actually working − 0.2929* − 0.0270 0.5163** 0.0419 0.1232 0.0900
Average number of FTE nurse and AHP positions on 2015 organisational chart − 0.1799 − 0.1856 0.4076** 0.0167 0.1575 0.0831
  1. *P < 0.05; **P < 0.01
  2. AHP Aboriginal health practitioners, FTE full-time equivalent