This report was initiated by NHMRC’s Health Translation Advisory Committee. It contains the results of three connected research projects conducted between 2018 and 2019 which NHMRC commissioned to better understand the career pathways of clinician researchers.

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Clinician researchers are people who combine a career in clinical practice with a career in research. They are an important part of Australia’s health system and work across the spectrum of medicine, allied health, nursing and midwifery, yet we know comparatively little about them.

This research, the first of its type in Australia, shows that three quarters of the people surveyed found it difficult to pursue the research career pathway that they desired. It provides important insights into when clinicians choose to start researcher career, the barriers to maintaining that career and the supports that help them. The research also highlights areas where Australian data needs to improve so that career paths can be supported more effectively.

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