The MABEL Survey: Centre for Research Excellence in Medical Workforce Dynamics

Centre for Research Excellence on Medical Workforce Dynamics

With the influential Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) longitudinal survey integral to its work, the Centre for Excellence in Medical Workforce Dynamics is helping to shape the future of the nation's health system.

Using the results of the MABEL Survey of 10,500 doctors across Australia, the centre is working to grow new capacity in health services research by providing much-needed evidence of the factors that influence doctors' work practices.

Led by the Melbourne Institute's Professor Anthony Scott and Professor Guyonne Kalb, along with Monash University's Professor John Humphreys and Associate Professor Catherine Joyce, the centre's team of researchers are examining the factors that influence where and how many hours a doctor works, including whether they choose to work in a remote or regional area, and when and why they leave the profession.

They are also analysing how the work decisions of doctors influence the population’s access to health care, as well as the overall impact on health costs and patient outcomes.

The centre is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council as part of its Centres for Research Excellence scheme, which helps researchers pursue collaborative research and develop capacity in clinical, population health and health services.

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The centre is expected to have an enduring impact on national health policy and practice, influencing decision makers in the field and helping to create a better quality and more cost effective health care system.


Dr Matthew McGrail, Monash University