Australians have laws in place to protect the welfare of unionised workers, but could a legal approach be the positive intervention we need to protect our doctors against burnout and suicide?
Sharona Hoffman, a professor of Health Law and Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, argues that regulations similar to those that govern the rights of pilots and flight attendants could help combat the high rates of stress, depression and emotional exhaustion among doctors. It’s an approach that is also gaining a following on our shores.
So how is burnout characterised and what legal steps can be taken to address the key risk factors? Read more here.