Dr Clare Gerada writes “Without psychological defences doctors would be more vulnerable to the effects of exposure to distress, disability, and death. But these defences…
We need to “make sure that doctors are supported throughout their career. They must also have the space and time to discuss the emotional impact of their work and their own ways of coping in a safe, confidential, and supportive setting.” Dr Clare Gerada, Medical Director of the Practitioner Health Programme and former chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
QLD State parliament has recently passed mandatory reporting laws without incorporating the WA amendment. Doctors need to ensure they have a trusted relationship with their GP so they can seek independent care when they are unwell. Build that relationship now.
The Queensland Doctors’ Health Programme encourages doctors to have a relationship with their own GP.