Allied Health Industries Survey, (Stage 2) Financial Year 1997/1998
B. User Requirements, Survey Objectives, and Budget
Why do you need to conduct a survey? (B1)
Development of these surveys identified many conceptual and methodological problems which resulted in increased workloads and necessitated a cut-back in the scope for the 1994-95 surveys of health professional industries. The Department of Human Services and Health's main priority was private practice medical industries, for which they partially funded a survey in respect of 1994-95 (see catalogue 8685.0 for results). The other health professional industries were rescheduled for reference year 1997-98.
In preparation for surveys of the other health professional industries, meetings were held in early 1997 with the Department of Health and Family Services (DH&FS), Department of Veteran's Affairs (DVA), Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and various allied health industry associations. It was evident from these user consultations that the allied health industries are well serviced in respect of workforce statistics by studies/collections mainly undertaken by the AIHW. However, there are no comprehensive data on the size and financial structure of these industries. In particular, users are interested in the income and expenditure structures of the major allied health industries.
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How will the survey meet this need? That is, what are the objectives of the survey in terms of content and constraints? (B2)
Allied health activity (including types of goods sold, types of services rendered)
Fine level business (industry and legal status) description;
Employment data by tenure, sex and occupation;
Detailed income items including source of service payments (govt, medical funds, private payments);
Detailed expense items;
Profit or loss;
Assets and liabilities details; and
Capital expenditure and disposal of assets.
An appropriate frame of allied health businesses was not readily available. Therefore, the Allied Health Survey will be conducted in two stages. The information requirements of the Stage 1 survey of the Allied Health collection fall into two broad groups. The first set of requirements are for profiling the workforce in the industries (in conjunction with information from the Stage 2 survey) and the second set are for coverage information to build the frame for the Stage 2 survey, which primarily collects the financial data.
Relative standard errors from the Stage 2 survey of no more than 5% for the main aggregates at the Australian level and 10% at the State level are the design objectives (design variables include income, expenses and wages & salaries).
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What is the timetable for the survey? (B3)
Frame Creation: 21/03/98
Sample Selection: N/A
Input Processing Period:
Release Date: There will be five publications released between 31/03/99 and 30/06/99.
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