Stress and burnout are almost universal concerns in the career of medical practitioners. It is a significant issue for basic physician trainees who are preparing for exams, but continues throughout a physician’s career, regardless of discipline or specialty choice.
Following on from our successful BPT OK pilot program, Sydney Local Health District has appointed Australia’s first Chief Medical Wellness Officer, Dr Bethan Richards, head of Rheumatology at RPA. MDOK aims to drive cultural and systemic change in health, and reduce stress and burnout among junior and senior doctors.
The MDOK programme teaches all medical staff the skills to care for their own health, manage traumatic events and mentor younger staff, in addition to attending workshops and sessions on goal-setting, relaxation, stress management, clinical debriefing, nutrition and exercise
MDOK for BPTs involves: