Doctors in crisis as their working conditions fuel psychological distress

Australia has a serious problem, beyondblue Chairman The Hon. Jeff Kennett AC has said, because many of the medical professionals who the public turns to for help are overworked, stressed, depressed, dependent on alcohol or other substances and are at risk of suicide.

Mr Kennett has urged all Australians to watch Four Corners on the ABC tomorrow as the program investigates the pressure Australian doctors face in the workplace.

The investigation follows the known sudden deaths of four young doctors this year and reports of improper working conditions, sexual harassment and bullying within the health system. In 2013, beyondblue conducted a world-first survey of doctors’ and medical students’ mental health and discovered that they experience much higher rates of suicidal thoughts and psychological distress than the general community.

 Mr Kennett said the recent troubling reports showed more must be done to address this situation.

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