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TGA stakeholder survey 2017
Participants were asked a range of questions about their organisation, role and industry background. Table 1 and Figure 2 show the roles of respondents. Participation in the survey includes representation from across the range of industry and professional roles.
Table 1: Respondent roles
|Medical products industry||1,344|
|Community member, consumer or community representative||13|
|Other, please specify||346|
Figure 2: Industry
The most commonly identified category is Medical products industry (63% of respondents to the question), with Health professionals (10%), Retailers (5%), Academics (3%) and Government (3%) also represented in the sample. There are minimal numbers of participants identifying within the Community and Media categories.
Amongst the large groups of respondents who highlight a role in the Medical products industry, the most commonly identified role is that of product sponsor. This group represents 57% of respondents in this category. Product manufacturers are also commonly identified, representing just under one third (30%) of the group, with consultants (9%) and industry association representatives (1%) represented by smaller numbers.
Forty four (44) participants identified in the other category, with the range of Roles in the industry identified amongst this group including:
- Distribution, services, importing and logistics;
- Ingredient supply and manufacture;
- Product design;
- Administration and accounts;
- Quality assurance; and
- Clinical research.
Table 2: Medical products industry - respondent roles
|Regulatory affairs consultant||116|
|Industry association representative||14|
Those working in the Medical products industry were spread across a range of organisational sizes (Table 2). Most commonly, respondents identified their organisation as having less than 20 employees (510; 44%). One in four (293; 25%) identified 20-99 employees, and 8% (95) identified in the 100-199 category. A further 15% (178) in organisations with 100-599 employees. Minor numbers were identified in the largest employee categories (600-999, 40, 3%; 1000-1499 16, 1%; 1500+, 21, 2%).
Figure 3: Medical products industry – respondent role
Figure 4: Medical products industry – number of organisational employees in Australia
Product sponsors and Product manufacturers were also asked to highlight the types of products that they focus on in their roles. Medical devices (n=1003) are the most commonly identified products across both sponsor (491) and manufacture (235) roles. Prescription medicines are the second most commonly identified products amongst product sponsors (291) and the third most identified category amongst manufacturers (72). Over the counter medicines and complementary medicines are also commonly identified.
Of the 762 responses received amongst Product sponsors here, 224 (29%) identify more than one category. Most commonly, this includes one or more medicines categories and the medical devices category. Amongst Manufacturers 399 responses were recorded, with 65 (6%) recording more than one response, representing a slightly lower tendency for diversity amongst product types than for sponsors. Where multiple product types are manufactured this most commonly includes a combination of two or three of the medicines categories.
Table 3: Product types – Sponsors and manufacturers
|Over the counter medicines||176|
|Blood and/or tissue products||29|
|Over the counter medicines||55|
|Blood and/or tissue products||19|
Health professionals most commonly identify themselves in the "Other" category (n=91). A range of roles are identified in the open ended response for this category. These include high numbers scientists or researchers (36; 17%), Pathology professionals (13; 6%) and a range of allied health professionals (Table 4).
Table 4: Health professionals – main role
|Complementary healthcare practitioner||24||11|
|Other health professional, please specify||91||42|
|Health professionals - Main role - Other - Coded|
Figure 5: Health professionals – respondent role (N)
Amongst the small number of people who identify their primary role as in the community there is representation from consumers, advocates, carers and patients (Table 5).
Table 5: Community – roles
|Consumer health representative or advocate||4|
|Other, please specify||1|
Consistent with the 2016 results, just over three in four retail businesses have between one and three outlets (Table 6 and Figure 6). A further 14% indicate that they are very large businesses with 100 or more outlets. Small numbers of respondents identified in the remaining categories.
Table 6: Retailers – number of outlets
|Number of outlets||N||%|
Figure 6: Retailers – Number of retail outlets (%)