It's essential doctors protect their own mental health during this pandemic

COVID-19 is the most dire challenge to hit the Australian healthcare system in living memory. Before the onslaught of the virus this March, doctors were already suffering from accumulated stressors.

Most public health services have been marked by low morale and high burnout rates for many years, and in private practice the workload and providing care when Medicare rebates have not risen for many years has been a chronic stress.