Leave entitlements are important for your wellbeing as a doctor
Workplace leave entitlements are an important tool to assist you to maintain your wellbeing as a doctor. Many healthcare professionals are experiencing burnout due to dealing with the ongoing challenges from COVID-19 and subsequent workforce shortages – the use of leave to rest and recover is more important than ever.
Do doctors have autonomy?
Paediatric and Adult Otolaryngologist Head and Neck Surgeon Dr Eric Levi reflects on the concept of ‘autonomy’ in medicine - how much autonomy is enough for doctors to thrive?
Countering compassion fatigue
Compassion fatigue happens when a professional becomes depleted from repeated exposure to the trauma or adverse circumstances of others. Healthcare workers are at high risk of developing compassion fatigue, especially those on the frontline.
Moral injury: What happens when exhausted health workers can no longer provide the care they want for their patients
With winter illnesses adding pressure to a system already stretched by COVID, many healthcare workers may be suffering from a more serious form of psychological distress than burnout: moral injury.
Phoenix Australia - understanding trauma and renewing lives
Exposure to trauma is common for many healthcare workers, including doctors. When something traumatic happens, it is often overwhelming, and it can be hard to come to terms with what has happened. AMAV’s Doctor Wellbeing Coordinator, Kay Dunkley, shares steps to help to come to terms with trauma and reduce some of the distress associated with it.
Music for healing – the Hush Foundation
“What we at Hush do best is what is needed now: the healing and transformative power of the arts”. Dr Catherine Crock AM, Founder and Chair of the Hush Foundation explains how creative relief can inspire joy, purpose and healing for all involved in health and care.
Peer support and human connection – valuable in stressful times
Peer support is when people use their own experiences to help each other. Sharing an authentic connection with colleagues can help to address distress or adversity, encourage respect, compassion and empathy, and strengthen team bonds.
The importance of finding your happy place
When working long hours in a demanding role as a doctor or healthcare worker it is important to have a safe place to unwind and relax. Our happy place is somewhere we can retreat away from the stress of day-to-day routine, reduce anxiety and find calm.
Crazy Socks 4 Docs Day
Ahead of this Friday June 3, get your crazy socks ready and consider your tangible action to support doctors’ mental health and wellbeing.