Reworking safe hours

  • Young doctors facing extreme stress in hospital and other training settings
  • Pressurised working conditions take their toll on registrars' health
  • New moves by professional bodies to limit young doctors working hours

PROFESSOR John Marley doesn’t understand why it’s so hard to implement a national standard for safe working hours for junior doctors in Australia.

Until 2006, Professor Marley was the pro vice-chancellor for the faculty of health at Newcastle University, where he mentored students, including Dr