Health Services Program history
Beyond Blue has been working to support doctors' mental health since 2009, primarily through:
- Raising awareness – about the mental health of doctors and medical students at national events and directly to health services
- Engaging with health services – continuous, proactive engagement with key industry groups and health services to promote doctors' mental health and wellbeing and understand the key risk factors and barriers to doctors seeking support.
Beyond Blue’s Health Services Program is a natural evolution of its Doctors' Mental Health Program, recognising that other health professionals and staff working in health services face similar risk factors to medical professionals and also require additional support.
Beyond Blue's landmark National Mental Health Survey of Doctors and Medical Students, released in October 2013, identified some of the mental health challenges facing the medical profession.
Other research and our engagement with Victorian health services suggests that the stressors created by the organisational culture and workplace conditions within health services are not isolated to the medical profession. Nurses, allied health staff, administrative staff and others working in healthcare are also exposed to similar risk factors and require the same level of support for their mental health at work.