Blame culture costing doctors' lives: AMA

Doctors are taking aim at the high rates of depression, suicide and burnout in their profession, with calls for an all-out attack on a culture that puts them at risk.

Last week AMA vice-president Dr Stephen Parnis said it was time for the wider profession to change its culture and encourage an environment where doctors had good role models, work-life balance, accessible care and practical education.

At present, doctors had to manage many daily stressors, such as bullying and harassment, which they were unprepared for and had serious health implications.

"I am well and truly over a culture of finger-pointing and blame," he told the Australasian Doctors’ Health Conference in Melbourne on Friday.

"I have grieved for friends and colleagues who have harmed themselves or taken