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    Factors contributing to stress and well-being among trainee Psychiatrists in Victoria, Australia

    Lai, R. and Teoh, Kevin and Plakiotis, C. (2023) Factors contributing to stress and well-being among trainee Psychiatrists in Victoria, Australia. In: Vlamos, P. (ed.) GeNeDis 2022. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 1425. Springer, pp. 93-104. ISBN 9783031319853.

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    Doctors in training experience stress, as they balance the demands of working and studying at the same time. As evidenced by reports of suicides among trainee doctors, it is clear that the level of stress they experience is dangerously high. Long working hours, which can lead to exhaustion, burnout, and time taken away from meaningful activities and relationships outside of work, are a large contributor to trainee stress and increase the likelihood of mental illness and suicidal ideation. For psychiatry trainees, this workload burden is also compounded by a high emotional burden associated with the nature of their work, including patient suicides, aggression, and threats. This study sought to investigate the factors that contribute to the stress and well-being of psychiatry trainees, through in-depth interviews analyzed via qualitative, template analysis. The main sources of stress identified were workload, aspects related to the psychiatry training program, and workplace-based aggression. Supervision, external supports such as family and health professionals, and distraction or “switching off” were the main sources of well-being support. Overall, this study highlighted the importance of structural factors in the workplace and training program in psychiatry trainee stress and well-being levels. Workload and training commitments limited the amount of time trainees could devote to well-being-related activities, despite their awareness of these. This study contributes useful insights into how we can better look after the mental health and well-being of psychiatry trainees, as future leaders of our mental health system.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: Series E-ISSN: 2214-8019
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Kevin Teoh
    Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2023 12:06
    Last Modified: 01 Sep 2023 20:34


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