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Australas Psychiatry. 2018 Oct 8:1039856218804350. doi: 10.1177/1039856218804350. [Epub ahead of print]

Psychiatry trainee welfare - from words to action.

Author information

1
Psychiatry Registrar, Austin Health, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
2
Consultant Psychiatrist, Psychosis Academic Clinical Unit, Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Service, Queensland Health, Brisbane, QLD, and; Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD, and; Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, The Park - Centre for Mental Health, Wacol, VIC, Australia.
3
Psychiatry Registrar, NorthWestern Mental Health, Australia; Clinical Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia.
4
Consultant Psychiatrist, Toowong Specialist Clinic, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To review selected literature available on trainee welfare and reflect on our own experiences to provide practical advice to our colleagues and suggest strategies to enhance trainee welfare.

CONCLUSIONS:

Promoting the welfare of psychiatry trainees requires a three-pronged approach. We must care for ourselves through individual strategies; we must advocate for optimization of the systems we work in to minimize modifiable factors associated with burnout; and we must continue on the perennial challenge of culture change to reduce stigma around stress and mental illness and promote a healthier workplace.

KEYWORDS:

burnout; resilience; trainees; welfare

PMID:
30293442
DOI:
10.1177/1039856218804350

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