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Stress and burnout in intensive care medicine: an Australian perspective

Nicholas Simpson and Cameron I Knott
Med J Aust 2017; 206 (3): 107-108. || doi: 10.5694/mja16.00626

A call for a multilevel response to an evolving challenge

Intensive care medicine (ICM) is an evolving high stakes specialty. Emerging evidence raises questions about the welfare and sustainability of the ICM workforce. Clinician burnout is a phenomenon resulting in consequences for both intensive caregivers and patients.

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  • Nicholas Simpson1
  • Cameron I Knott2

  • 1 University Hospital Geelong, Geelong, VIC
  • 2 Austin Health, Melbourne, VIC

Correspondence: n.simpson@deakin.edu.au

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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access_time 12:46, 13 March 2017
Caroline West

A very timely article on the need to address stress and burnout in the medical workplace. We spend so much time often caring for the health and wellness of others, relegating our own mental and physical wellness to the back burner. It is time to place the resilience and wellness of the medical workforce centre stage. Thank you to the authors for such a well researched article.

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Dr Caroline West
East Sydney Doctors

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