A clinician is a person mainly involved in the area of clinical practice. That is the diagnosis, care and treatment, including recommended preventative action, to patients or clients. Clinical practice may involve direct client contact or may be practised indirectly through individual case material (as in radiology and laboratory medicine).
CODE 2 ADMINISTRATOR
An administrator in a health profession is a person whose main job is in an administrative capacity in the profession, such as directors of nursing, medical superintendents, medical advisers in government health authorities and health profession union administrators.
CODE 3 TEACHER/EDUCATOR
A teacher/educator in a health profession is a person whose main job is employment by tertiary institutions or health institutions to provide education and training in the profession.
CODE 4 RESEARCHER
A researcher in a health profession is a person whose main job is to conduct research in the field of the profession, especially in the area of clinical activity. Researchers are employed by tertiary institutions, medical research bodies, health institutions, health authorities, drug companies and other bodies.
CODE 5 OTHER
Other roles include Public health/health promotion, Occupational health, Environmental health, and all other roles not covered by codes 1-4 above.
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
Guide for use:
This data element is applicable to health professionals who were employed in the registered profession in Australia.
The health professional may be employed or self-employed in the profession.
Registered health professionals on leave at the time of registration are asked to report their usual principal role.