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Useful Articles and Links

The Medical Journal of Australia regularly publishes research and commentary related to self-care issues for doctors. Go to http://www.mja.com.au/ & search using "Doctors' health".

The following articles are of interest and can be accessed directly via these links:

The "Impaired Registrant" program of the NSW Medical Board is described at http://www.nswmb.org.au/. If you want to know more about the Board's approach to impaired doctors and medical students, click on "Doctors health" and then on "Policies and information".

The Ontario "Physician Health Program" has relevant articles on http://php.oma.org/. Click on "Articles".

Australian Dental Association (NSW) http://www.adansw.com.au/

The NSW Doctor - December 2013/January 2014. What should we do about doctors' health? by Narelle Schuh on http://www.amansw.com.au/media/File/NSWDrDecJanDrsHealth.pdf

Suicide
Although rare, suicide is of course, the outcome that we dread the most. Although the medical training system in Australia is less stressful and costly than in the United States, the following article is a reminder of the importance of caring for those around us, especially at times of stress (high stakes specialty training exams being a good example).
http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/depression/physician-suicide-101-secrets-lies-solutions?GUID=B78E18D7-7182-4FA2-BD88-2A5FB0C5EFE8&rememberme=1&ts=08112014
 
 
 
How doctors treat doctors may be medicine's secret shame:
 
 Suicide of doctors while under fitness to practise investigations: