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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
To mark R U OK Day the AMA (WA) this week is urging all health professionals to take the time to ask their colleagues how they are doing.
“While doctors in Australia provide some of the best care in the world to their patients, we often put our own health last,” AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid said.
“We work in an incredibly demanding profession that at times can be as taxing as it is rewarding.
“This is further illustrated by the shocking statistic reported today that one in five Queensland doctors considered suicide over the course of one year.
“As a profession, we need to do better when it comes to looking after ourselves and each other.
“I urge everyone working in the health system to take a moment this week and ask their colleagues how they are doing.
“We also remind any doctor or medical students struggling with anxiety, depression or any personal issues that the Doctors Health Advisory Service (WA) has a confidential 24 hour phone service. Call (08) 9321 3098 anytime and get the help you need,” he said.