Doctors' Health and Wellbeing Framework

In February 2018, a group of trainees, fellows, councillors, staff, and representatives from our sister colleges and societies met to develop an interim draft Doctors' Health and Wellbeing Framework based on beyondblue's “First responders’ good practice model for mental health and wellbeing”.

The feedback received was most encouraging and highlights:

  • The importance of and support to ANZCA’s commitment to doctors’ health and wellbeing.
  • The role that we all hold in creating "Better health and wellbeing".
  • Five terminology-related amendments to improve clarity of the pilot framework which will be in place until November 2019.


One of the main goals outlined in ANZCA's 2018-2022 Strategic Plan is  “Supporting workforce and wellbeing”. The first step towards achieving this is the development of the following doctors’ health and wellbeing pilot framework to guide ANZCA’s strategic and operational efforts in 2019.

This pilot framework has been adapted to ANZCA’s needs from beyondblue’s “First responders’ good practice model for mental health and wellbeing”. To ensure relevancy and meaning for ANZCA, consultation with a broad range of key stakeholders internally and externally has occurred. A review of this pilot framework will occur in late 2019 to incorporate learning and refinement to best reflect ANZCA’s operations and intended outcomes.

The outcome 

The outcome of this framework – better health and wellbeing of our doctors.

Three integrated action areas

  1. Promotion
    Promoting the positive aspects of being in the profession as well as the importance of self-care in the role of doctor. Promoting research.
  2. Prevention
    Advocating to reduce profession-related risk factors for health and wellbeing.
  3. Support
    Providing effective and accessible services and resources to support doctors’ at each stage of their careers.

Four key principles

There are four key principles that will guide the implementation of all health and wellbeing actions in alignment with this framework.

  1. A collaborative approach and a willingness to respond:
    Reflecting the collective effort considered essential to achieve the overarching intent including; joint strategies with fellows, SIMGs, trainees and staff, and, partnership with employers, other colleges, societies and agencies. From the importance of self-care to leading cultural change, we are all part of shifting the professional paradigm to one that considers the health and wellbeing of our doctors a priority.
  2. Risk and protective strategies
    Reflecting our ability to promote evidence-based strategies through education, policies and other areas of influence in employer organisations.
  3. A respectful, positive approach to creating a safe and supportive culture
    Reflecting our ability to provide leadership and advocacy in the profession, supporting a culture which positively embraces the importance of health, safety and wellbeing of doctors.
  4. An accessible, integrated approach
    Reflecting our ability to provide integrated strategies that consider work environment, home and personal life, and the potential stigma associated with seeking help.  ANZCA’s commitment is to take a pro-active approach in supporting access to resources, training, support services (ANZCA and other).

ANZCA'S role

The following descriptions intend to support shared clarity around ANZCA’s role in doctors’ health and wellbeing.

ANZCA to incorporate health and wellbeing learning across the lifecycle stages including: professional standards, curricula, CPD and learning resources shared with members and broader partners.

ANZCA to actively engage with our fellows, trainees and SIMGs to support the shift in paradigm to a healthful anaesthesia and pain medicine workforce through:

  • De-stigmatisation.
  • The importance of self-care.
  • An evidence-based, risk-management approach.
  • Advocate for changes required in legislation and in workplaces.

Standards and accreditation
ANZCA to ensure consistent, clear and achievable health and wellbeing standards are effectively encouraged and monitored through accreditation processes and systems.

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Last updated 09:07 30.06.2020