Young doctors more likely to be bullied

Working long and unpredictable hours in stressful hospital environments and a lack of professional support were also key risk factors for workplace aggression.

The survey, undertaken as part of the Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) study in 2010-11, indicated for the first time that it was not just the physical environment, but the people working within it that contributed to aggression from patients, carers and co-workers.

In particular, younger and more inexperienced doctors were more likely to experience aggression, as did those with &ldquo