Culture of overwork leads to doctor burnout

At a symposium at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) congress in Brisbane this week, leading physicians called for increased awareness of health professionals’ wellbeing.

“The medical profession has a long entrenched culture of denying their own health issues and ‘soldiering on’ even when they are unwell,” the authors of the RACP green paper, Health of Doctors, said.

“As a group they have a poor record of following preventive health guidelines and are reluctant to seek help if they have a health