National Medical Trainee Survey released

Nearly 10,000 doctors in training have participated in Australia’s first medical training survey which provides a national snapshot of medical training.
The results of the first national survey of doctors in training, including anaesthesia trainees, by the Medical Board of Australia, are now public.
Of those surveyed, 280 anaesthesia trainees responded – about 18 per cent of ANZCA’s 1590 anaesthesia trainees. ANZCA regularly conducts its own detailed surveys of anaesthesia trainees to gain valuable insights into their experiences. The last ANZCA trainee survey in 2018 received 740 responses, 49 per cent of all trainees. The 2020 ANZCA trainee survey will open in August.
ANZCA welcomes the first national snapshot of the state of medical training in Australia. These surveys are a valuable and useful resource and ANZCA regularly surveys its own trainees about many of the issues covered in this national report. The ANZCA Trainee Survey helps us to improve the way we provide services and quality education and training.
The board says the medical trainees surveyed rate their training very highly and concludes there is a lot going well in medical training in Australia. Most trainees rated their clinical supervision and teaching highly. About 75 per cent of trainees work more than 40 hours per week, but many value the training opportunities this provides. Most trainees would recommend their current training post and nearly all intend to continue with their training program.
More than one in three trainees report having experienced or witnessed bullying, harassment or discrimination. One third of those who reported experiencing it, reported it. ANZCA is very conscious of the risk of bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment (BDSH). The college has policies and procedures in place to prevent it, and processes to deal with it should it arise. The college has implemented key recommendations of the BDSH working group which was established in 2015. ANZCA regularly reviews its resources and responsiveness to better monitor the prevalence of bullying, discrimination and harassment. More information can be found here.

ANZCA takes doctor wellbeing issues very seriously. We have put in place several significant measures to support the wellbeing of our trainees, fellows and specialist international medical graduates (SIMGs). These include the Doctors’ Health and Wellbeing Framework, the Doctors’ Support Program, the Long Lives Healthy Workplaces project with the Australian Society of Anaesthetists, and college trainee welfare working and project groups. 
The data is now available from the survey website
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