People who study and work in healthcare settings experience high levels of stress, anxiety and depression, for a variety of reasons. Healthcare settings therefore provide a unique opportunity to improve mental health outcomes by directing preventive strategies for anxiety and depression towards those who may need more support.
Representatives from Everymind, the Black Dog Institute, Orygen – the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, the Australian Medical Association (AMA), the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA), Doctors’ Health, United Synergies and doctors-in-training, are overseeing an extensive consultation process to guide the development of a National Medical Framework for preventing anxiety and depression among those studying and working in healthcare settings. These consultations involve medical students and doctors as well as leaders and other key stakeholders in the medical sector.
The resulting framework will guide strategic and coordinated action for preventing and tackling mental ill-health and suicide in medical students, doctors and others who study and work in healthcare settings.
Acting Program Manager, Everymind
Dr Fitzpatrick is a developmental and clinical psychologist who is passionate about understanding the factors that contribute to the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians. She is particularly passionate about translating this knowledge into evidence-based programs that focus on children and families.