GPs told to face up to retirement

GPs need to metaphorically count their “white pubic hairs – professionally speaking – and learn to adapt” as they age, to avoid the trap of the doctors’ “culture of invincibility”, warns a psychiatrist.

After her plenary session at the Australasian Doctor’s Health Conference in Melbourne, playfully entitled ‘Growing Old (Dis)gracefully’, Carmelle Peisah, psychiatry conjoint professor at the University of NSW, says growing old “gracefully” suggests passivity.