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The national Junior Medical Officer Welfare Study: a snapshot of intern life in Australia

Daniel C Heredia, Caroline S Rhodes, Suzanne E English, Dayna B Law, Anna C McElrea and Florian X Honeyball
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (8): 445.
Published online: 19 October 2009

To the Editor: The uniquely stressful nature of medical practice has been highlighted by many studies focusing largely on general practitioners, consultant physicians and senior hospital staff.1,2 Although overseas data confirm significant levels of stress and anxiety among junior medical officers (JMOs),3-5 few researchers have examined the cohort in Australia. Consequently, the JMO Welfare Study was initiated by junior doctors as a quality-improvement exercise to investigate aspects of intern life in Australia by quantifying levels of work-related stress, burnout and job satisfaction among JMOs.

  • Daniel C Heredia1
  • Caroline S Rhodes2
  • Suzanne E English3
  • Dayna B Law4
  • Anna C McElrea5
  • Florian X Honeyball6

  • 1 Hollywood Private Hospital, Perth, WA.
  • 2 Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, WA.
  • 3 University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
  • 4 Redcliffe Hospital, Redcliffe, QLD.
  • 5 Nambour Medical Centre, Nambour, QLD.
  • 6 Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, NSW.


Acknowledgements: 

This study was supported by the Postgraduate Medical Councils of Western Australia and Queensland and the New South Wales Institute of Medical Education and Training, as well as their respective junior medical officers’ forums.

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