Wellbeing Charter for Doctors launched
ANZCA, RANZCOG, ACEM and RACS have united for the charter that defines wellbeing and sets out the shared responsibility for supporting doctors’ wellbeing.
ANZCA President Dr Vanessa Beavis said: “This charter marks a watershed for this group of medical colleges as it acknowledges the importance of doctors being mindful of their own wellbeing and recognising the signs of burnout, stress and poor mental health in either themselves or their colleagues.”
The charter is endorsed by the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC), the organisation for specialist medical colleges of Australia.
“We all have a part to play to support the wellbeing of doctors – medical colleges, individuals, colleagues, managers, hospitals and health jurisdictions,” said Dr Ruth Bollard, Chair, RACS Wellbeing Working Group.
“Doctors who maintain and maximise their health and wellbeing can manage the physical and emotional demands of medicine and the charter seeks to promote the importance of wellbeing for doctors.
“Doctors are encouraged to practice self-care, including prioritising their mental health so they can provide the best care for patients. Everyone needs help at some point and it can be as simple as sharing a problem with a trusted friend or seeking professional support.
“The four colleges have been firm supporters of our members having a general practitioner that they visit frequently, and we provide wellbeing resources and external support so our members have a shoulder to lean on when they need it.”
Read the charter and the media release and our doctors' health and wellbeing resources.