Doctors’ wellbeing the focus of excellent new program

Photograph of doctors' wellbeing program
November 1, 2017

As recent medical graduates, the transition to becoming a full-time provider of hospital-based care can be confronting and challenging for interns. In 2017 Royal Perth Hospital designed and launched the Doctors’ Wellbeing Program, an integrated care and support program available to junior doctors during their rotation period in the hospital.

As a part of the program, a Doctors’ Wellbeing Officer was introduced to the hospital. This involves:

  • providing independent, private and confidential one-on-one support for stressed doctors
  • support for doctors physical and mental wellbeing
  • facilitating peer group sessions
  • providing training in communication and resilience.

In just nine months, 57% per cent of the hospital’s interns have utilised the support available from the wellbeing officer, both individually and/or in peer group settings.

Feedback has been collectively positive, with several junior doctors reporting improved safety of their practice, benefits to their own health and improved communication in both their professional and personal life.

“At peer group, I heard some great examples from other interns of how to provide good patient care. It was a safe, confidential space. We all benefited.” said one of the JMO peer group participants.

Congratulations to the team, for not only being named as a finalist in the WA Health Excellence Awards, but also for providing essential support and guidance for our junior doctors.