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Doctors not rushing to retire

Older doctors are not so keen to retire early, a new study has found.

Research conducted by Flinders University, the University of NSW, and the University of Sydney and published recently in the Medical Journal of Australia, found that more than a third of doctors aged 55 or over are not intending to retire any time soon – or they are not sure about it yet.

Their sense of purpose and the mental stimulation the job provides is keeping them at work, according to the study.

The findings are from the study’s online questionnaire conducted in 2015 of currently practising Australian doctors of that age.

Of the total respondents, 62 per cent said they intended to retire, 11.4 per cent had no intention of retiring, and 26.6 per cent were unsure. 

A total of 398 doctors (out of 1018 surveyed) stated they did not intend to retire, or were not sure about it, and 87.7 per cent of those said they strongly agreed or agreed that the cognitive stimulation of being a doctor was an important factor.

Chris Johnson