ASGC is a relatively new profession and the society represents Australian and New Zealand members’ interests in and to a range of health professional bodies and to relevant government agencies. The society had no detailed and statistically representative data about its membership. ASGC commissioned ASR to help them develop a member census, to deploy the data collection instrument and to analyse results. ASR provided an executive summary of findings.
The census was conducted as an invitational web survey in 2012. All current society members, irrespective of employment status and level of certification, received a unique link to the census questionnaire. Members were asked a wide range of questions which included (but not limited to) nature of employment or not which included type of employer and salary levels, level of education and certification, current professional development activities and funding for this, and reasons for entering and exiting the profession.
Results were used to shape focus priorities, shape initiatives and to describe current professional issues to other organisations.