This section is intended to provide a brief framework for how we expect our doctors to approach their job.
You will see reference below to Codes of Conduct, and other guidelines on professional behaviour – but the overwhelming expectation can be summarised in just a few sentences.
- Putting the needs of your patient first
- Respecting your colleagues
These simple principles directly impact on how you interact with patients and their carers, observe patient safety policies (like hand hygiene), respect privacy and confidentiality, ensure timely and accurate documentation, escalate concerns to your seniors. In relation to your colleagues, it means supervising and teaching your juniors, looking out for and supporting your peers who need help, and speaking out about bullying or harassment if you encounter it.
The documents below represent a collection of documents relevant to expected professional behavior.
Being a JMO is Hard
Working as a junior doctor can be incredibly stressful and adjusting both to the complex hospital environment and the pressures and demands of the workforce is always challenging.
Admitting it is Hard
We Have all Been There
- It is very common to want to succeed and not entertain any thoughts of failure
- It is very common to want to put on a brave face for your colleagues and to hide private doubts and misgivings
- It is natural to worry about whether any suggestion that you are not coping will impact or your future employability, especially in the current hyper-competitive environment
Almost all doctors have been through your experience. And the fact that almost all of you, at some time, have worried about causing patient harm, or found the long hours unbearable, or questioned whether medicine is the career for you, or seen the impact that the commitment to medicine demands on you social life and personal relationships, means that you are the first and most valuable resource in supporting your colleagues.
Your Colleagues are one of your Best Resources
Talking to each other, sharing some of your private fears, empathising, helps both you and your colleagues. Look to your friend for help and look out in case they need help.
However, apart from talking to your friends it’s important to know that there is plenty of other help and support available to JMOs who may be experiencing difficulties.
Click here to learn more about:
The Doctors' Health Advisory Service
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
JMO Support Line - 1300 JMO 321
Exercise and Staying Healthy - Fitness Passport