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TGA stakeholder survey 2018
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. It is notable that two thirds of respondents identify within the Medical products industry category, with just under 10% identifying as Health professionals and minor representation amongst other groupings.
Table 1: Respondent roles
|Medical products industry||1,531||67.3|
|Community member, consumer or community representative||22||1|
|Other, please specify||291||12.8|
The small number of individuals identifying within the community grouping were routed to a modified community focussed survey that sought feedback from the broader community via both purchased sample and opt in participants. This survey is the subject of separate reporting and feedback from this group of 22 participants is not reflected in this report.
Among the large group of respondents who highlight a role in the Medical products industry, the most commonly identified role is that of Product sponsor. This group represents 61% of respondents in this category. Product manufacturers are also commonly identified, representing just under 3 in 10 (28%) Medical products industry participants. Consultants (7%) and Industry association representatives (1%) represented small numbers in the overall sample. These patterns are similar to previous years, although the representation of sponsors is slightly higher when compared to previous years.
Fifty six (56) participants identified in the Other category, these included a range of roles including:
- Distribution, services, importing and logistics;
- Ingredient supply and manufacture;
- Product design;
- Administration and accounts;
- Regulatory affairs;
- Quality assurance; and
- Clinical research.
Table 2: Medical products industry - respondent roles
|Regulatory affairs consultant||105||6.9|
|Industry association representative||11||0.7|
|Other, please specify||56||3.7|
Medical products industry N=1,526; Employee numbers: N= 1,348.
More than four in ten (44%) of those working in the medical products industry worked in small organisations of fewer than 20 employees (Table 2). One third (32%) identify 20-199 employees, with a further 16% in organisations with 200-599 employees. Consistent with previous years, small numbers are identified within large organisations employing 600 or more people (600-999, N=52, 4%; 1000-1499 N=27, 2%; 1500+, N=22, 2%).
Amongst both Product sponsors and Product manufacturers, Medical devices are the most commonly identified products (Sponsor N=616; Manufacturers N=229). Prescription medicines are the second most commonly identified products amongst product sponsors (N=346) and the third most identified category amongst manufacturers (N=76).
Over the counter medicines and complementary medicines are also commonly identified. Complementary medicines represent the second most common category identified by Product manufacturers (N=83) and the third most commonly identified amongst Sponsors (N=206). Over the counter medicines showed similar (although slightly lower) levels (Manufacturers N=60; Sponsors N=203).
Of the 932 responses received from Product sponsors, 284 (30%) identify more than one category, with 134 selecting two categories, 87 selecting three, 63 selecting four and 6 responses identifying four of the 6 categories (Average number of selections: 1.6). Multiple selections most commonly include one or more medicines categories and the medical devices category.
Among the 421 manufacturers who described their products, 67 (16%; Average number of responses 1.3) recorded more than one response. More than half of these identified only 2 categories (N=35). Consistent with previous years, 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||203|
|Blood and/or tissue products||33|
|Over the counter medicines||60|
|Blood and/or tissue products||31|
Sponsors: N=932; Manufacturers: N=422. Multiple selections.
Health professionals most commonly identify themselves in the "Other" category (N=66). A range of roles are identified in the open ended response for this category. These include a diverse range of categories, including those working as Scientists or Researchers (14%), Allied Health professionals (4%) and Pathology professionals (4%) (Table 4).
Table 4: Health professionals - main role
|Complementary healthcare practitioner||39||18.1|
|Other health professional||66||30.7|
|Health professionals - Main role - Other - Coded|
|Allied Health pro||8||3.7|
More than two thirds of retailers identified in the survey have a small number of outlets (1-3; 67%). This is slightly lower than in previous years, where more than three in four identified in this category. A further 12% identify 4-10 outlets and just under 10% have 100 or more retail outlets.
Table 5: Retailers - number of outlets