8 facts on the dark side of doctoring

Dealing with the elephant in the room

The problem of clinician burnout and poor mental health is well known, but wellbeing and suicide remain uncomfortable topics, says head and neck surgeon Dr Eric Levi.

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“We are trained to diagnose, treat, gas, tube, stabilise, fix patients … we are not trained to help our colleagues,” he said this month in a plenary talk at the Combined Annual Scientific Congress of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

“We know