The Junior Medical Officers who recently
started back at public hospitals will benefit from several new projects under a
$1 million package aimed at improving their health and wellbeing.
Health Deputy Secretary, People, Culture and Governance Phil Minns, said the JMO Be Well Program has provided funding
for eight new projects across the state over the next three years.
“The NSW Government is committed to
addressing burnout and mental health issues among our hardworking young doctors
with local programs that best address their needs,” Mr Minns said.
“It is part of a comprehensive plan to
improve the training and working environment of Junior Medical Officers and
ensure they have a long, rewarding career in our world-class public health
at June 2018 there were 7,693 full time equivalent Junior Medical Officers
working for NSW Health, an increase of 18 per cent over the past five years.
The new projects are in addition to the JMO Wellbeing and Support Plan launched
in November 2017.
“I’m confident these initiatives will provide
a real benefit to Junior Medical Officers as they progress through their
training,” Mr Minns said.
The new projects follow
the release of the second Your Training
and Wellbeing Matters Survey, which shows the number of junior doctors who agree their
hospital supports junior doctor training has increased, up five percentage
points to 74 per cent.
The eight new projects under the JMO Be Well Program are:
- Nepean Blue Mountains: Enhancing JMO mental health and wellbeing
through culture interventions. A project to assist JMOs to assess, monitor
and optimise their wellbeing through programs administered by trained
facilitators, backed up by targeted research to identify cultural factors
influencing JMOs confidence, performance and wellbeing.
- Sydney Local Health
District: BTOK for JMOs. Funding to
expand the rollout of the successful BPTOK program to all interns, residents
and senior resident medical officers.
- South Eastern Sydney
LHD; JMO Mental Health First Aid – train
the trainer. A project to train those who supervise and work with JMOs in
techniques to assist JMOs in distress or facing difficulties in the workplace.
- St Vincent’s Hospital Network:
Centre of Excellence for Aboriginal
Junior Doctors. A project to specifically support Aboriginal junior doctors
in their training, and encourage them into leadership positions.
- Murrumbidgee LHD: Pre-Reg Ready! A program to assist JMOs
with the stresses and pressures of rural rotations and in transition to more
Sydney Local Health District: Rethinking
the Medical Workforce at Royal North Shore Hospital. A project to undertake
a systematic evidence based evaluation of JMOs’ workloads to identify areas of
pressure and develop solutions, such as workforce redistribution and work
- Hunter New England LHD: Return to Work Program for JMOs. A program to assist JMOs with
returning to work after an absence, such as parental leave, using simulation
- Illawarra Shoalhaven
LHD: Balint group support for JMOs.
This project introduces an established technique of facilitated group programs
to assist JMOs support both patients and each other.
about wellbeing initiatives and the JMO survey are available on the NSW Health
website at www.health.nsw.gov.au/jmo-wellbeing