https://ama.com.au/join-amaIn 2018, AMA Queensland conducted the third Resident Hospital Health Check Survey with interns, junior house officers and senior house officers across Queensland.
Questions covered hospital culture and wellbeing, bullying and harassment, access to leave, education and training, and rostering and overtime.
The top six priority areas for Queensland Doctors in Training were identified as:
SNAPSHOT OF KEY FINDINGS
Access to Leave
Almost one-fifth of respondents (18.8%) were either not satisfied or slightly satisfied that their preferences for annual leave had been taken into consideration.
Professional Development Leave (PDL)
In 2018, only 35.7% of respondents had applied for professional development leave, which was denied to 26.4% of these applicants. A lack of backfill staff was cited as the major difficulty encountered when applying for PDL (cited by 19.8% of respondents).
Pay and overtime
In 2018, AMA Queensland, in partnership with the AMA Queensland Council of Doctors in Training, ran a campaign to encourage Junior Doctors to claim overtime. We are pleased to announce that fewer Doctors in Training respondents reported not being paid for claimed overtime (23.7% in 2018 down from 31% in 2017).
Wellbeing and workplace culture
Importantly, 27.4% of respondents reported they had felt unsafe at work, and almost half of survey respondents (45.9%) reported they had been concerned about making a clinical error due to fatigue related to long work hours.
Bullying, harassment and discrimination
Amongst all the respondents, 37.9% had personally experienced bullying, harassment or discrimination, while 72.9% had witnessed a colleague experience bullying, harassment or discrimination.
The AMA Queensland Workplace Relations Team also provides confidential assured advice to all Doctor in Training members on any aspect of their employment, including rosters, overtime, access to leave and bullying and harassment.
AMA Queensland invites any interested directors of clinical training, medical education units or other interested parties who wish to learn more about the results pertaining to their location to contact us (and discuss possible ways to improving their conditions for prospective junior doctors).
For further information on how to access the survey findings and on AMA Queensland membership, please call us on (07) 3872 2222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For further information on how to access the survey findings and on AMA Queensland membership:
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The AMA Queensland Resident Hospital Health Check survey was completed on a voluntary basis by Queensland doctors in training (including those at Intern, Junior House Officer and Senior House Officer) The purpose of this document is to assist graduating medical students as well as current interns and residents with their decision making process when deciding on which hospitals to apply for in the upcoming intern and RMO campaigns. This information is provided in good faith and should only be used as a guide, it is intended to be general in nature and is made available on the understanding that the AMA Queensland and the AMA Queensland Council of Doctors in Training do not make any comment or assertion that the information provided by participants is correct, or reflects the experiences of doctors who did not participate in the survey. Before relying on the information contained in the survey results provided, users should carefully evaluate its accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance for their purposes, personal objectives and career goals, and should make their own enquiries, including consulting with the relevant Hospital and staff at the relevant Hospital. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the collation of the information in this survey, AMA Queensland, its employees and the AMA Queensland Council of Doctors in Training cannot be held responsible for the information provided by participants in the survey and cannot be responsible for any loss or damage arising from any person or organisation as a result of the publication of this survey of information. AMA Queensland and the AMA Queensland Council of Doctors in Training do not take any responsibility for the outcomes published in the survey. Comparison of results among hospitals/HSS must be made with caution, as the survey did not involve a probabilistic sampling frame, but instead was open to the entire QLD RMO population, achieving a response rate of 27%. Further, as RMOs were not randomly allocated to hospitals differences in attitudes and expectations of respondents cannot be adequately controlled. This introduces biases into the results which cannot be accounted for. Thus, all differences among hospital/HHS should be interpreted as specific only to the survey respondents and must not be interpreted as representative of the experiences of all junior doctors in QLD. Lastly, the overall raw percentage of responses for each question in 2018 were compared with the same question in 2017, with improvement, no change or worsening indicated by green, yellow and red traffic lights respectively. All analyses and reporting of results, including the derivation of the grade, were undertaken by an Epidemiologist (PhD) with considerable experience in research design and statistical analysis and a strong track-record in health/medical research.