GPs fear seeking mental health help may put careers at risk

AS many as one-third of doctors fear that adverse reports to the Medical Board can ruin their career, and this holds many back from admitting to mental health problems, says a regional doctors’ health chief.

Dr Roger Sexton, medical director of Doctors’ Health SA and a past chair of the Medical Board of South Australia, says there is a direct link between mental illness of doctors and complaints against doctors.

“About 20% of complaints about doctors relate to their health,” he says in a speech, ‘Doctors’ health and how to