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Caitlin Weston

Year of Award: 2016 Award State: New South Wales Health And Medicine > Mental Health
To explore strategies that improve doctors' wellbeing, optimising their mental health and productivity - USA, Canada, Belgium
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Results

A few major themes emerged from my interviews:

  • Conceptual frameworks for the drivers and solutions to adverse clinician wellbeing
  • The importance of measurement to both assessing clinician wellness and its impacts, and designing and evaluating solutions
  • The critical role of leadership support to the growth and success of programs, and ways in which leadership support can be obtained
  • Interventions are most successful when they target locally important causes and harness local strength and skills 

Dissemination and implementation

  • This report will be freely available to the public from the Churchill Trust website.
  • I will present my Fellowship findings at local, regional, and international meetings
  • I have interrupted my anaesthetic training to take up the position of Wellbeing Project Lead with health technology start-up MedApps Pty Ltd. This company, founded by doctors, makes mobile applications designed to improve the working lives and wellbeing of clinicians. The company’s flagship application Resident Guide has a user base of 2,500 Australian doctors-in-training that is rapidly growing, providing an incredible opportunity to implement large-scale wellbeing interventions for an especially vulnerable group of doctors, and offering a potential platform for longitudinal data collection.
  • I will maintain active membership of committees and working groups with the Australian Medical Association, advocating for doctors’ welfare.
  • I will continue to communicate and collaborate with individuals and teams from the international research community to maintain a global dialogue around clinician welfare
  • I will engage with Australian metal health organisations such as Everymind and the Black Dog Institute that have been engaged by government bodies to research and implement wellbeing solutions for clinicians. 

Keywords: Wellbeing, Clinician, Mental Health, Productivity

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