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Hospital Health Check 2021 – time for doctors in training to have their say

Friday April 9, 2021

Hospital Health Check is more than a survey. It’s a chance for doctors in training (DiTs) to have their say about their workplaces and working conditions from teaching and training to overtime and payslips. The survey is out now, closing on 21 April 2021.

Last year, hospitals scored badly across the board when it came to rosters, overtime and payslips. According to last year’s results, many DiTs did not receive their rosters 21 days or more in advance; they worked unrostered overtime; and their payslips were incorrect. When it came to rosters, overtime and payslips, Joondalup Health Campus performed the best out of a bad bunch, though their performance was far from stellar.

Annual leave appears to be another trouble area with all hospitals receiving consistently bad results last year, despite the importance of annual leave for overall health and wellbeing. This year’s survey should show whether hospitals have improved in this regard.

Training and teaching was an area where public hospitals received reasonable results last year. Perth Children’s Hospital and Royal Perth Hospital scored well, along with King Edward Memorial Hospital. At the other end of the spectrum Fiona Stanley Hospital received the worst ratings for training and teaching.

Hospital executives and administrators use the survey results to identify what they are doing well and where they need to improve. Some hospitals then develop initiatives or change their process to effect real change. This year’s survey will show whether FSH has lifted its game.

Hospital Health Check was created for our DiTs to gauge working conditions of this cohort and to help DiTs choose the health campuses they wish to work at. Interns and DiTs use the survey results for this very reason every year.

How does your hospital rate? Where will you apply to work next year? Watch this space. And make sure you’ve filled in the survey!