Doctors overtake pharmacists in image poll

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When it comes to perception of ethics and honesty across professions, pharmacists have dropped down the ranks

Health professionals have continued their domination of Australia’s most highly regarded professions.

Australia’s most highly regarded professionals in Roy Morgan’s 2017 Image of Professions survey were nurses, with 94% of Australians (up 2% from 2016) rating nurses ‘very high’ or ‘high’ for their ‘ethics and honesty’.

Nurses have been rated as Australia’s most trusted profession in every year they’ve been included in the survey, and have rated at least 90% in each of the past seven years – no other profession has ever rated higher than 89%.

Last year pharmacists had an approval rating of 86%, putting them at equal second alongside doctors.

But while doctors gained some ground this year, moving up to 89% approval rating, pharmacists lost points, dropping down to 84% and into third place.

Roy Morgan Research described pharmacists as the “odd health-related profession out in 2017”, with the 2% drop the only negative movement for any of the surveyed health-related professions this year.

Meanwhile an 89% rating for doctors is an all-time high for the profession, which has climbed the ranks from 62% in 1989.

Dentists lagged behind all other health-related professions at 79%.

According to Roy Morgan, it was 1989 when dentists were last rated above any other health profession.

In that year dentists rated ‘very high’ or ‘high’ for their ‘ethics and honesty’ among 65% of Australians, above doctors at 62%.

The list includes (among others):

  • Nurses (94%)
  • Doctors (89%)
  • Pharmacists (84%)
  • School teachers (81%)
  • Engineers (80%)
  • Dentists (79%)
  • University lecturers (66%)
  • Accountants (50%)
  • Lawyers (35%)
  • Ministers of religion (34%)
  • Newspaper journalists (20%)
  • Federal MPs (16%)
  • State MPs (16%)
  • Talk-back radio announcers (14%)
  • Advertising people (5%)
  • Car salesman (4%, the lowest rating in the survey, which they have held for over 30 years)

Roy Morgan conducted the telephone survey conducted in late May this year, with 648 Australian men and women aged 14 and over.

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