Practitioner health and well-being is an integral component of a safe and respectful workplace.
All that is great about rural practice can also bring personal pressures. Providing a clinically complex and varied scope of practice comes professional challenge. With the adventure of taking up work ‘off the beaten track’ can come distance from extended social support networks. And with the rewards of providing greatly valued services, being highly visible and viewed as a community leader, comes heightened personal responsibility.
ACRRM encourages all members to not lose sight of what they love about their job, and at the same time, to take regular steps to maintain their own mental well-being and general health. Proactive self-care is good medical practice, as is being mindful of the needs of colleagues. We also ask our members to check on their colleagues and friends who may be under stress.