AMAQ hospital health check results are in
Clinical rotation preferences, annual leave processes, being appropriately paid for unrostered overtime and personal safety at work were the top four concerns expressed by interns, junior house officers and senior house officers across Queensland in the 2018 Resident Hospital Health Check Survey. In 2018 AMA Queensland conducted the third Resident Hospital Health Check Survey with interns, junior house officers and senior house officers across Queensland. Questions covered hospital culture, leave, overtime and training and the top six priorities for junior doctors in Queensland were identified.
SNAPSHOT OF KEY FINDINGS
Access to Leave
Almost one-fifth of respondents (18.8%) were either not satisfied or slightly satisfied that their preferences for annual leave had been taken into consideration.
Professional Development Leave (PDL)
In 2018, only 35.7% of respondents had applied for professional development leave, which was denied to 26.4% of these applicants. A lack of backfill staff was cited as the major difficulty encountered when applying for PDL (cited by 19.8% of respondents).
Pay and overtime
In 2018, AMA Queensland, in partnership with the AMA Queensland Council of Doctors in Training, ran a campaign to encourage Junior Doctors to claim overtime. We are pleased to announce that fewer Doctors in Training respondents reported not being paid for claimed overtime (23.7% in 2018 down from 31% in 2017).
Wellbeing and workplace culture
Importantly, 27.4% of respondents reported they had felt unsafe at work, and almost half of survey respondents (45.9%) reported they had been concerned about making a clinical error due to fatigue related to long work hours.
Bullying, harassment and discrimination
Amongst all the respondents, 37.9% had personally experienced bullying, harassment or discrimination, while 72.9% had witnessed a colleague experience bullying, harassment or discrimination.