In 2016 a junior Australian doctor exposed a ‘disgusting’ open secret about the spiralling suicide rates among younger medical practitioners, owing to the immense workplace pressures they faced.
Physical and mental well-being were suffering, the author wrote, because doctors were operating in an environment where showing the strain of the job was seen as a sign of weakness.
Three years on, that doctor has now revealed her identity. She stresses that little has been done to improve workplace conditions, providing some insight into the exploitative nature of the system in a novel titled Going Down Under.
So what has been the response from the medical industry to address the ‘brutalising culture’ and working conditions? Hear from the doctor who exposed it all here.