Stories from our community

Sometimes it’s enough to know you’re not alone. So this is a place to share your stories of successes, failures, joys and hardships in the field.

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News and events

Doctors’ health conferences, workshops, fundraisers and events all year round – both in Australia and overseas. We’ll keep you up-to-date by sharing them here. Please note that DRS4DRS does not run any of these events – they are facilitated by state and territory advisory services and other independent groups.

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Avant podcast: Michael Myers discusses doctors’ wellbeing

Georgie Haysom, Head of Research Education and Advocacy at Avant, recently sat down with Michael Myers, a professor of clinical psychiatry from the SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn New York. Professor Myers is a doctor’s doctor, a treating practitioner and a specialist in doctor’s health. He is also an acclaimed author, speaker and advocate for […]

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Are you OK? JMO Health

A website to promote the health and wellbeing of junior doctors. Includes self-assessment tools, vignettes from junior doctors and tips to help junior doctors to take care of themselves.

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Doctors and medical students – ten reasons why you need a GP

By Dr Roger Sexton

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Clear suicide risk exists for doctors under investigation

By Dr Geoffrey Toogood

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Female doctors show more empathy, but at a cost to their mental well-being

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Normalising the conversation about doctors’ mental health

By Dr Geoffrey Toogood

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Final report of the national forum on reducing the risk of suicide in the medical profession

Report of the national forum on reducing the risk of suicide in the medical profession that was jointly convened by the AMA and Doctors’ Health Services Pty Ltd on 14 September 2017.

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The resilience myth in medicine

By Dr Geoffrey Toogood

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Trainee stress: treat the cause not the symptoms

By Dr Sue Ieraci

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Doctors need a break (room)

By Dr Balaji Bikshandi

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The tyranny of excessive medical hierarchy

By Dr Benjamin Veness

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Why are doctors killing themselves?

By Dr Anne Malatt

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New focus on Top End doctors’ health

Practising medicine in the Northern Territory can be as rewarding as anywhere else, but it has its own particular challenges. Many NT doctors work in remote and isolated regions where they have to be able to rely on themselves, without the kind of support they’d find in the capital cities.

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Mandatory reporting: the AHPRA process

Although mandatory reporting requirements are well-intentioned efforts to protect patients, many professionals worry they are a major barrier to doctors seeking help for their mental health issues. Practitioners in Western Australia are not required to make a mandatory notification when their reasonable belief about misconduct or impairment is formed in the course of providing health […]

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Six keys for managing work fatigue

Some tips for doctors to better manage their fatigue at work. By Avant.

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What needs to happen to build resilience and improve mental health among junior doctors

Are our medical students and junior doctors overworking? Can we identify underlying causes of mental distress and suicidal thoughts, as well as the warning signs? Can medical schools, hospital employers, supervisors, professional organisations and peers do more to prevent further tragedies? By Professor Richard Murray and Professor Brendan Crotty.

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Dear Dr, find someone you trust and start talking

In the medical profession, it seems that doctor suicide has been shrouded in secrecy for some time – we know it happens, but nobody talks about it.

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Doctor burnout: a worldwide epidemic

Dr Maxine Szramka discusses burnout in the medical profession.

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Burnout as collateral damage

Associate Professor Will Cairns reflects on the systemic and cultural factors that may contribute to burnout of intensivists (and others).

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Have the courage to act on burnout

Senior intensive care specialist Associate Professor Charlie Corke reflects on burnout in the medical profession.

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MJA Podcast: Suicide in the health professions

Dr Allison Milner discusses her research on the elevated rates of suicide among health professionals.

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The importance of taking care of our own

A personal perspective on mental health and suicide in medicine by Dr John Zorbas.

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ICU specialists on road to burnout

High stress and burnout rates among intensive care physicians require urgent attention, say experts, citing expanded roles and enhanced societal expectations of clinical outcome among the many stressors affecting this specialty.

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Mental health: medical students need our urgent help

There are two related yet distinct dialogues taking place in the medical community; the first is the bullying and harassment of medical students and junior doctors, and the second is the increased burden of mental illness in the medical profession, particularly affecting medical students and junior doctors.

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We know the way, but is there the will to stop bullying?

Student Elise Buisson says we know the way, but is there the will to stop bullying?

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Three of my colleagues have killed themselves. Medicine’s dark secret can’t go on

A junior doctor in Sydney writes about the crushing pressure experienced by doctors in training.

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Physician suicide and the tyranny of perfection

Why do doctors have such a high rate of suicide?

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Burnout, career satisfaction, and well-being among US neurologists in 2016

Results of a study into the prevalence of and factors that contribute to burnout, career satisfaction, and well-being in US neurologists.

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Interventions to prevent and reduce physician burnout: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Physician burnout has reached epidemic levels, as documented in national studies of both physicians in training and practising physicians.

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Suicide by health professionals: a retrospective mortality study in Australia, 2001 – 2012

A study of age-standardised rates and methods of suicide by health professionals, and a comparison with suicide rates for other occupations.

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Prevalence of depression, depressive symptoms, and suicidal ideation among medical students: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Medical students are at high risk for depression and suicidal ideation. However, the prevalence estimates of these disorders vary between studies. This study estimates the prevalence of depression, depressive symptoms, and suicidal ideation in medical students.

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Reporting of health practitioners by their treating practitioner under Australia’s national mandatory reporting law

The frequency, nature and outcomes of reports about health practitioners made by their treating practitioners under Australia’s mandatory reporting system.

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Six doctors die each year from drug overdose: study

Around six doctors die every year from deliberate or accidental drug overdose, Australian research suggests, although the mortality rate remains significantly higher among vets.

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Doctors as patients: a systematic review of doctors’ health access and the barriers they experience

The need to improve doctors’ access to health care by reducing the barriers they experience has been regularly described in the literature, yet the barriers experienced are not well defined, despite the volume of expert opinion in this area.

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Why doctors’ mental health should be a concern for us all

When medical students enter university, their mental health is no different from that of the rest of the population. By the end of their first year, however, it is significantly worse.

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The Hidden Epidemic of Doctor Suicides

More than 900,000 Americans lose their doctors to suicide each year. But doctors are finally beginning to talk about it.

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Australians are spending more on mental health services and employers need to take notice

New data released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that Australians spent an estimated A$8 billion on mental health related services in 2013-14. The direct financial impact on Australian business is in the vicinity of $11 billion every year, largely due to absenteeism ($4.7 billion) and reduced productivity ($6.1 billion) from […]

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Stopping burnout a top priority for physicians in training

As burnout and suicide continue to plague the medical profession at much higher rates than the general population, the physician community took action Monday at the 2015 AMA Interim Meeting. New policy is aimed at ensuring physicians in training have access to potentially life-saving mental health services.

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Art of Medicine art show

As part of Doctors’ Health South Australia’s aim to innovate and improve the health and well-being of the medical profession, we staged the inaugural Art of Medicine art show in September 2015.

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Time for new priorities in safe hours campaign?

Rapid growth in prevocational and vocational training numbers has created a surplus of junior doctors in many hospitals and specialties, industrial agreements have been strengthened – particularly in regards to un-rostered overtime – and the political push for efficiency dividends has seen hospitals act to cut excessive expenditure.

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8 in 10 UK doctors experience mental health issues during career

More than eight out of 10 UK doctors have experienced mental health issues during their career, with the vast majority reporting heavy workload and long working hours as key contributing factors.

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The health and wellbeing of junior doctors: insights from a national survey

Junior doctors face specific pressures related to their professional stage and development and can be at risk of poor health. A confidential survey conducted in 2008 by the Australian Medical Association Council of Doctors in Training investigated the health and wellbeing of junior doctors.

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Australian doctors’ involvement in medico-legal matters: a cross-sectional self-report study

Investigates the frequency of, and factors associated with, Australian doctors’ involvement in medico legal matters.

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