Doctors’ health: the wrap
All this month at doctorportal we’ve been highlighting the critical issue of doctors’ health and wellbeing.
The doctorportal website hosts the online resources of Doctors’ Health Services Pty Ltd, an organisation funded by the Medical Board of Australia and coordinated by the Australian Medical Association. Its aim is to ensure doctors and medical students, no matter where they live in Australia, have access to consistent and readily available services, including advice, referral and health-related triage.
Here’s a roundup of doctors’ health stories we’ve covered at doctorportal this June:
- The month kicked off with the Federal Health Minister’s announcement, at the AMA’s national conference in Melbourne, that he will work directly with doctors to develop a mental health care package for the medical profession.
- The conference also hosted a panel discussion on doctors’ health during which mandatory reporting came under fire from several participants.
- Building resilience in junior doctors was the subject of a doctorportal blog, penned by two university deans; also of interest to junior doctors was our story on combating fatigue in shift work.
- Practising in remote areas of the country has its own difficulties; we reported on a new doctors’ health service that has just been set up in the Northern Territory.
- Doctors’ mental health can be severely affected when things go wrong on the ward or in the operating theatre. We offer seven keys to dealing with serious adverse events in medical practice.
- All doctors have had the experience of a patient dying on them. It can have a profound effect on mental health, but there are things you can do to minimise the risk of anxiety and depression.
- Doctor burnout is a global epidemic, according to Australian rheumatologist Dr Maxine Szramka. Do paperwork and bureaucracy contribute to this? Yes, says US physician Dr Jordan Grumet.
- And finally, Victorian cardiologist Dr Geoff Toogood writes about how having a stroke helped him finally face up to his depression. There is plenty that doctors can do take better care of themselves, Dr Toogood says.
For more information about health issues for doctors, access a range of online resources from Doctors’ Health Services Pty Ltd.
NSW and ACT … 02 9437 6552
NT and SA … 08 8366 0250
Queensland … 07 3833 4352
Tasmania and Victoria … 03 9495 6011
WA … 08 9321 3098
New Zealand … 0800 471 2654
Lifeline on 13 11 14
beyondblue on 1300 224 636