Mandatory reporting and doctor’s health. Friend or foe. ABC Background briefing today.

I have taken part in a documentary on ABC RN Background Briefing today, and I will write more posts to follow. A compelling, confronting discussion about the constant concerns of doctor’s health, the factors at play, and raw accounts of the effects of completed suicides on partners, families, colleagues and patients. Particular reference was made to the impact of recent laws around mandatory reporting as set down by the national regulatory body, AHPRA.

Well done to Ann Arnold for an amazing documentary. She has put together a depth and breadth of opinion from key people either directly affected or in leadership roles within the medical community.

My hope is that this discussion continues out of respect for the recent tragic loss of 4 colleagues in Victoria, for those that we don’t know about or those that can be prevented if the correct help is provided in a caring, professional and confidential manner.

My next post will be about the role of supervision and mentorship, and why they can’t be seen as the same thing.

Helen

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