Across Australia, doctors and health colleagues have borne much of the burden of the COVID pandemic.

For doctors in training, this burden has come in addition to the workplace concerns highlighted year after year by surveys such as the AMA(SA) Hospital Health Check, which asks junior doctors about their experiences of bullying and working beyond rostered shifts, and how such issues affect them.

In this issue of medicSA, AMA(SA) Doctors in Training Chair Dr Ekta Paw examines the findings of the 2021 Hospital Health Check and what they reveal about progress in improving health workplace culture, and medical students Claudia Haeusler and Bec Mintz (pictured on the cover, above) and Dr Bethany Ferguson outline some of the challenges and opportunities particular to students in rural settings and international medical graduates respectively.

Clinicians, health leaders and students heard Crazysocks4docs founder Dr Geoff Toogood and a panel of experts discuss the ramifications of these issues on health care workers at the annual Crazysocks breakfast. Dr Roger Sexton provides an overview of the presentations, and a selection of the brightest socks are displayed on the social pages.

Also in this edition, AMA(SA) Councillor Dr Brian Peat looks at the processes involved in introducing the Termination of Pregnancy Act. SA Health announced after this issue was completed that the Act would commence on 7 July, ensuring abortion does not fall within the criminal code but is now a women’s health issue in South Australia. 

Please enjoy the issue. A reminder that the flipbook version of the issue can be accessed by going to the menu at the top right of the digital home page.



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