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Table 1 Characteristics of survey participants employed by the Area Health Service (n = 496)

From: Female employees' perceptions of organisational support for breastfeeding at work: findings from an Australian health service workplace

Population characteristic N %
Maternal indigenous status Ω   
Aboriginal 2 1
Non-Aboriginal 304 99
Maternal Background Ω   
English speaking 323 66
Non-English speaking 168 34
Relationship status Ω   
Married/De-facto 480 97
Divorced/Separated 7 1
Never married 8 2
Maternal Education Ω   
University* 414 84
TAFE# 63 13
Less than tertiary¥ 15 3
Other 3 1
Current maternal employment status   
Full time employment¤ 92 19
Part time employment 161 33
Maternity leave 220 44
Other€ 23 5
Occupation   
Nurse/midwife 242 49
Clinical/Allied Health 190 39
Administration/Management 61 12
Approximate household income (before tax); last 12 months (in Australian dollars) Ω   
Less than A$39999 48 10
A$40000-A$79999 157 33
A$80000 or more 278 58
Age of infant when returned to work Ω   
Less than 6 months old 41 11
6 months to less than 12 months old 192 54
12 months old or more 123 35
  1. * Including other tertiary institute degree or higher.
  2. # Technical or trade certificate or diploma, ¥ School certificate or higher school certificate.
  3. Ω Not all women answered the question, therefore total is less than 496
  4. ¤Includes full time, part time and casual. € Includes un-employed, home duties and any others.