Every Doctor, Every Setting: A National Framework

The Every Doctor, Every Setting: A National Framework is part of a national commitment to prioritise the mental health and wellbeing of Australian doctors and medical students.

Everymind worked to develop the Framework in partnership with a national working group and in consultation with doctors, doctors in training and medical students in addition to a review of best practice evidence.

It aims to guide coordinated action on the mental health of doctors and medical students through target areas including: improving training and work environments; recognising and responding to those needing support; improving the response to doctors and medical students impacted; and the culture of the medical profession to enable wellbeing and coordinated action and accountability.

In developing the Framework, Everymind reviewed the evidence base for mentally healthy workplaces; drew on international frameworks that support the mental health of employees; and consulted widely with the sector during development and drafting of the Framework to determine needs in order to develop a fit-for-purpose solution to improve the wellbeing of doctors and medical students - a key enabler of quality patient care and healthier communities.

The national working group which guided this Framework comprised representatives from the AMA, Everymind, Australian Medical Students’ Association, Orygen, United Synergies, Black Dog Institute, Queensland Doctors Health Programme, Doctors Health Services Board as well as independent registrars.

It was funded by the Australian Government as part of The Prevention Hub (co-led by the Black Dog Institute and Everymind) and specific project funding for Tackling Mental Ill-Health in Doctors and Medical Students.

Individuals, organisations, hospitals and governments can all be involved in taking action and showing collective support for the Framework through various steps by signing, sharing and showing how they will be implementing the framework via: www.drs4drs.com.au/resource-hub

If you would like to find out more about the project, please email Everymind Program Manager, Dr Sally Fitzpatrick.

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