#12 Hospital Health Check Survey
20 June, 2018
In January 2018, the AMA Victoria Doctors in Training (DiT) Subcommittee ran an anonymous pilot survey of DiTs in public hospitals about various aspects of their working lives. Questions covered wellbeing, leave, overtime, culture and training.
We received 290 responses from around the state. While it is accepted that the number of respondents accounts for 2.5 per cent of the DiT workforce in Victoria, the results certainly give us some insights into their experiences and the culture of public hospitals.
Some health services had low survey participation rates. In order to protect the integrity of the data and the privacy of respondents, only those health services who had a number of respondents greater than 10 were included in the table.
We will be running this survey again in 2019 with a view to increasing the sample size, particularly in regional health services and gaining a more complete picture of the work environments of DiTs.
- Unpaid work is a continuing issue with 63 per cent of doctors reporting they work 5 or more hours of unrostered overtime per week and 53 per cent reporting they never get paid for it.
- Despite the requirement in the DiT Enterprise Agreement 2013 that a health service must have registrar training time displayed in their rosters, this is not happening in 60 per cent of cases reported in this survey.
- Over half of the DiTs reported they will often or always come to work when they should have stayed home due to illness.
- 45 per cent of DiTs reported that they have experienced bullying or harassment and 20 per cent of respondents described being asked inappropriate questions during an interview such as marriage plans or sexual orientation.
- 65 per cent of respondents rated their hospital’s support for their mental health and wellbeing as poor to average, while 53 per cent of respondents also described the morale of the medical staff in their workplace as poor to average.
- While it is pleasing to see that 58 per cent of respondents would recommend their health service to other colleagues, there is still a substantial number who would not.
It appears that some health services could be in breach of their obligations under the DiT Enterprise Agreement 2013, Fair Work Actor the OHS Act.
AMA Victoria encourages doctors with issues such as those outlined above to contact our Workplace Relations team on (03) 9280 8722.
For more on survey data CLICK HERE.