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Doctors' Day honours valuable contributions

14 March 2018

Logan Hospital’s doctors will celebrate Doctors’ Day next week to honour the contributions of doctors to individual lives and communities.

The celebration will be a first for Logan Hospital.

Deputy Director Medical Services Dr Felicity Jensen said the day of observance dated back to 1933 in the USA when the wife of Dr Charles Almond, Eudora Almond, conceived the idea to set aside a day to honour the profession.

Doctors’ Day is celebrated in a range of overseas countries but to our knowledge has never been celebrated in Australia.

Dr Jensen said Logan Hospital was committed to nurturing doctors, who, according to studies, suffered a higher rate of stress and mental distress compared to the general population.

“This has been demonstrated in several studies such as the prominent Beyond Blue project so we realise the importance of providing support to doctors at all levels,” she said.

Director Clinical Training Dr Sue Shiels said Queensland Health had allocated funding in the State Budget last year to deliver programs including Resilience on the Run, to support mental health, increase resilience and promote wellbeing amongst the medical workforce.

The first phase of funding was allocated to engage AMA Queensland to deliver ‘Resilience on the Run’ to all medical interns from 2017-2019.

Dr Shiels said ‘Resilience on the Run’ helped interns build resilience, manage relationships and deal with difficult situations on the job.

“Junior doctors are working long hours in high pressure situations and we want them to have the skills to care for themselves as well as providing their patients with the best possible care.

“Doctors’ Day is an important opportunity for the organisation to show its support for the doctors and for the doctors to show support for one another.

“It is also a chance to recognise and celebrate the important contribution doctors make to our community.”

Last updated 14 March 2018

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