Beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell AO has encouraged Australian doctors and medical students to participate in a world-first survey.
Her comments come as 50,000 doctors and medical students across the country, including all of those in rural and regional Australia, receive questionnaires this week as the unprecedented attempt to assess the mental health of Australia’s medical professionals enters its main phase.
The National Mental Health Survey of Doctors and Medical Students takes place amid continuing concern for their mental health. Around 3,000 doctors and medical students received the questionnaires as part of the pilot in November with 20 per cent returning them. Ms Carnell said this time she hoped that at least 50 per cent of recipients will complete the survey, which is completely anonymous. “We understand Australian doctors and medical students are incredibly busy,” she said. “The response rate from the pilot program demonstrates that they are time poor and shows why their mental health is of concern to us, meaning that the insights this survey will provide are incredibly important. The more doctors and students who fill out the survey, the better our insights will be.