has conducted a world-first survey of Australia’s doctors and medical students to get a clearer picture of their mental health and the support they may require.
Around 50,000 doctors and medical students across the country, including all of those in rural and regional Australia, received questionnaires in the unprecedented attempt to assess the mental health of Australia’s aspiring and working doctors.
The survey questionnaire and methodology were developed with input from leading experts in doctors' mental health. The survey allowed respondents to remain completely anonymous.
The survey fills a gap in available research findings as there has been limited research into the mental health of Australian doctors, with no research data available on the mental health of rural or Indigenous doctors.
This landmark study is part of the Beyond Blue Doctors' Mental Health Program (bbDMHP), that aims to address depression and anxiety among medical students and doctors.
The key findings of the survey will inform the development and delivery of mental health programs and support for the medical profession.
The questionnaire has now closed and results of the study will be available on the Beyond Blue website in mid-2013. Roy Morgan Research has been engaged by Beyond Blue to collect and analyse the data.