The links on this page may be of help if you would like to know more, or if you need to prepare an assignment or make a presentation on doctors’ health.

General Resources

AMA Survey Report

Firth-Cozens, J., Doctors, their wellbeing, and their stress. BMJ, 2003; 326: 670-671

McManus, I. Stress, burnout and doctors’ attitudes to work are determined by personality and learning style: A twelve year longitudinal study of UK medical graduates. BMC Medicine 2004, 2:29

Riley, G., Understanding the stresses and strains of being a doctor, MJA, 2004; 181(7): 350-353Shattner, P., et al, Doctors’ health and wellbeing: taking up the challenge in Australia, MJA, 2004; 181(7): 348-49

Spickard, A. Mid-Career Burnout in Generalist and Specialist physicians. JAMA 2002, 285:12

The Canadian Medical Association has a range of resources. In particular, they have podcasts on:

  • Physician Wellness
  • The Mindful Physician
  • Physicians in Trouble

Addiction Services


Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcohol and drug information services
Gamblers Anonymous
Gambling Helpline (1800 858 858)
Quit (Aust)
Narcotics Anonymous

Peer Support

Australia Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine 
New South Wales AMA NSW
NSW Rural Doctors Network
NSW Rural Medical Family Network
Northern Territory AMA NT
Queensland Rural Doctors Association of Queensland
Queensland Rural Medical Family Network
South Australia AMA SA
Tasmania AMA TAS
AMA Tasmania Peer Support Service
Western Australia AMA WA
Victoria AMA VIC
Peer support (AMA VIC and TAS)


Delbanco. T. and Bell, S. (2007) Guilty, Afraid and Alone- Struggling with Medical Error; N Engl J Med 1682-3

Shanafelt, T. (2009) Enhancing Meaning in Work: A Prescription for Preventing Physician Burnout and Promoting Patient-Centred Care JAMA; 3.02 (12): 1338-1340

Shanafelt T., West, C. and Zhao X et al (2005) Relationship between increased personal wellbeing and enhanced empathy among internal medicine residents. J. Gen Intern Med: 20: 559-64

West, C et al (2009)Association of Resident Fatigue and distress with perceived medical errors. JAMA; 302 (12): 1294-1300

Willcock, S., Daly, M., Tennant, C. and Allard, B. (2004) Burnout and psychiatric morbidity in new medical graduates. MJA; 181 (7): 357-360

Bullying, harassment

Kron, J. The Fear Factor. Australian Doctor 18 May, 2007.

Have you been accused?

Nash, L; Walton, M; Daly, M; Johnson, M; Walter, G; van Ekert, E; Willcock, S; Tennant, C. (2006). How Australian General Practitioners’ concerns about medico-legal issues affect their practice. Australian Family Physician, 38 (1/2) 66-70.

Nash, L; Daly, M; Johnson, M; Walter, G; Walton, M; Willcock, M;  Coulston, C; van Ekert, E; Tennant, C.  (2007). Psychological morbidity in Australian doctors who have and have not experienced a medico-legal matter: a cross-sectional survey. Aust NZ J Psychiatry; 41:917-925

Nash, L, Daly, M. Kelly, P., van Ekert, E., Walter, G., Walton, M., Willcock, S. and Tennant, C . (2010)  Perceived practice change in Australian doctors as a result of medico-legal concerns.  MJA 193 (3): 161-166.

Your Health

Ayas, N. et al (2006) Extended work duration and the risk of self-reported percutaneous injuries in interns. JAMA, 296 (9).

Landrigan, C et al.  (2004) Effect of reducing interns’ work hours on serious medical errors in intensive care units NEJM: Vol. 351, (18).

Lockley, S et al. (2004) Effect of reducing interns’ weekly work hours on sleep and attentional failures NEJM: Vol 351, (18).

Nocera, A. and Khusandi, D. (2005) Doctors’ working hours: can the profession afford to let the courts decide what is reasonable? MJA.

Wallace, J. Lemaire, J. and Ghali, W. (2009) Physician Wellness: a missing quality indicator. The Lancet: Vol 3.

Wertz, A. et al (2006) Effects of sleep inertia on cognition, JAMA 295 (2).


Benson, S et al (2009) Burnout in Australasian Younger fellows ANZ J Surg, 590-597

Junior Doctors

Markwell, A and Wainer, Z (2009) The health and wellbeing of junior doctors: insights from a national survey. MJA, Vol 191, no 8, Oct 2009

Keeping your Grass Greener: Australian Medical Students Association and New Zealand Medical Students Association