The prevalence of incidents of violence and aggression towards hospital staff involve figures that leave jaws open in disbelief. Worksafe Victoria state that 95% of healthcare staff experience incidents of violence and aggression in their workplace over the course of their careers. Being routinely exposed to verbally and physically aggressive patients has a significant effect on the mental health and well-being of hospital staff. But too often hospital staff suffer in silence. Without adequate reporting and changing the culture and notion of violence being ‘apart of the job’, we can be sure that tragic stories and incidents won’t subside.
In 2013, a quarter of doctors reported having thoughts of suicide over the previous 12 months (24.8%), and 10.4% reported having thoughts of suicide in the previous year before that. This shows that thoughts of suicide are significantly higher in doctors compared to the general population and other professionals (24.8% vs. 13.3% vs 12.8%). – Beyondblue, National Mental Health Survey of Doctors and Medical Students October 2013
Resilience on the Run
The AMA Queensland’s Council of Doctors in Training have been proactive in safeguarding doctor’s health and well-being from the pressures of their work since 2015 in response to the . The Resilience on the Run Program was established by the AMAQ CDT in 2015 as a pilot program to help deliver the skills and coping mechanisms in mindfulness and resilience for young doctors to be able to work a successful career in what can be an otherwise volatile sector.
Dr Bavahuna Manohoran, current Chair of Resilience on the Run, will be sharing key learnings from The Program at the upcoming Improving Hospital Safety & Security conference on the 21st and 22nd of August in Sydney. He will discuss the success of the program and how all hospital staff can implement proactive strategies to better safeguard the mental health and well-being of themselves and their colleagues.