Spot­light on doc­tors’ men­tal health

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - FRONT PAGE -

MED­I­CAL staff from St John of God Mid­land donned their funki­est socks on June 1 to sup­port the na­tional Crazy Socks 4 Docs cam­paign.

It is the sec­ond year the cam­paign has run and aims to shine a spot­light on the men­tal health is­sues ex­pe­ri­enced by doc­tors.

AMA pres­i­dent Dr Tony Bar­tone said re­search showed doc­tors were at higher risk of sui­cide, sui­ci­dal think­ing and psy­cho­log­i­cal dis­tress.

“There are sig­nif­i­cantly higher rates for fe­male doc­tors and doc­tors in train­ing,” he said.

“This event is a great ex­am­ple of a grass­roots cam­paign with will­ing foot sol­diers driv­ing change within the pro­fes­sion to en­sure that we bet­ter care for the car­ers.”

St John of God Mid­land Pub­lic and Pri­vate Hos­pi­tals med­i­cal ser­vices di­rec­tor Dr Sayanta Jana said doc­tors as well as other care­givers in the health in­dus­try were fre­quently over-rep­re­sented in sta­tis­tics around anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion, sui­cide, burnout and sub­stance abuse.

“Our sup­port is the least we can give them,” she said.

Dr Su­nita Kan­tavil, nurse prac­ti­tioner Jan­ice Power and Dr Bir­git Schulz donned crazy socks on June 1.

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