Burnout in the medical profession: not a rite of passage

Michael Baigent, Ruth Baigent

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    It is an attention‐demanding tragedy when doctors' deaths are attributed to their work, which, after all, is in the service of others. “Epidemic”, “crisis” and “urgent need” are words accompanying discussions of burnout and doctor suicides. Yet, despite this bombardment, there has been no sustained approach to achieve an effective national response. Recently, responding to calls for action, the Victorian government launched a workplace mental health strategy and the New South Wales government held a junior doctor wellbeing forum. Some colleges and medical organisations have websites, forums, action plans, conferences and seminars on doctors' mental health. Doctors develop mental illness for the same reasons as any other person. Yet burnout, which is a risk factor,1 is highly prevalent in doctors. Why not address the burnout? Who should address it?
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)471-472.el
    Number of pages2
    JournalMJA Medical Journal of Australia
    Issue number11
    Early online date2018
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2018


    • Editorial
    • Burnout
    • medical profession
    • doctor suicides
    • mental health strategy
    • mentally healthy workplaces

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