Anaesthetists: Improving their mental health and wellbeing

Steering Group

  • Dr Tracey Tay (Specialist Anaesthetist and Director, Perioperative Service at John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle)
  • Prani Shrivastava (Specialist Anaesthetist in WA)
  • Dr Suzi Nou (Specialist Anaesthetist, VIC)
  • Dr Jane McDonald (Specialist Anaesthetist, NSW)
  • Dr Greg Downey (Specialist Anaesthetist, NSW)
  • Dr Shirley Prager (Psychiatrist, VIC)
  • Dr Marion Andrew (Specialist Anaesthetist,WA)

Principle researchers

Ms Jaelea Skehan, Dr Gavin Hazel, Dr Ross Tynan, Dr Lindy Cavanagh and Dr Sally Fitzpatrick of Everymind

Research status - In progress


Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA)

Long Lives, Healthy Workplaces

The Welfare of Anaesthetists Special Interest Group (SIG) is leading Long Lives, Healthy Workplaces, supported by a project team at Everymind. In 2017, the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) funded Everymind to work with anaesthetists to develop an evidence-based toolkit to support good mental health and prevent mental ill-health and suicidal behaviour amongst anaesthetists and anaesthetic trainees. The project links with other federally funded research co-led by Everymind to tackle mental ill-health among doctors and medical students.
The project:

  • Is developing an evidence–based toolkit informed by research, policy and consultation with anaesthetists across Australia. The toolkit brings together the best available evidence for what works to prevent and respond to mental ill-health and suicide, and makes suggestions for how this may be applied to anaesthetic departments.
  • Feasibility of the toolkit will be examined in two anaesthetic departments during May 2018.
  • The project and draft concepts for the toolkit have been presented to delegates at the Australian Society of Anaesthetists meeting at the 14th Annual Combined Communication, Education, Welfare, Leadership and Management Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting in October 2017. An outline of the toolkit was also presented at the ANZCA Doctor’s Health and Wellbeing Workshop on 19 February 2018, with positive feedback.

Contact us

If you would like to find out more about the project, please email Dr Sally Fitzpatrick, Project Lead.

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