Doctors’ Welfare Interest Group

The PMCWA Doctors’ Welfare Interest Group aligns with WA Health’s aim to provide safe, high quality and effective health care for Western Australians in a financially sustainable environment. The level of doctors’ health and wellbeing, at organisational and individual levels, correlates with productivity and patient safety. It is therefore in the best interests of doctors, patients and Health Services, for Health Service Providers (HSPs) to create a ‘healthy workplace’ that minimises stress on individuals.

The interest group is responsible for developing recommendations and contributing to guidelines to help WA Health HSPs create a workplace for medical practitioners that supports their wellbeing. The group reports to the PMCWA and Accreditation and Standards Committee.

Purpose

WA Health recognises that a focus on the prevention and early intervention of health issues in the medical profession is critical to supporting doctors’ wellbeing and patient safety.

The purpose of the Doctors’ Welfare Interest Group (DWIG) is to provide a forum for HSPs to address matters concerning doctors’ welfare including:

  • To provide a forum for discussing and sharing ideas on doctors’ welfare initiatives
  • To advise WA Health on doctors’ health and welfare matters
  • To develop recommendations and contribute to guidelines that  address doctors’ welfare issues
  • Be a WA Health forum on doctors’ welfare to help support a sustainable medical workforce
  • Provide a WA Health forum for communication of issues relevant to doctors’ welfare and assist in the identification of solutions.
  • Provide reports as required to the Chief Medical Officer on doctors’ welfare initiatives, highlighting any risks or issues in relation to doctors‘ welfare issues.
Membership

Membership of DWIG comprises:

  • Chair
  • Medical executive and educational representatives from WA Health teaching hospitals/HSPs (max two/HSP) including:
    • Fiona Stanley Hospital
    • King Edward Memorial Hospital
    • Princess Margaret Hospital
    • Royal Perth Hospital
    • Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
    • WA Country Health Service (Chair, David Oldham)
  • Representative, PMCWA
  • Representative, Office of the Chief Medical Officer
  • Representative, Australian Medical Association (WA) Doctors in Training Committee
  • Representative, PMCWA, Junior Medical Officer Forum
  • Representative, AMA Council (or IHLG)
  • Representative, Western Australia General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET)
  • Secretariat

DWIG can invite additional members from WA Health and key stakeholders, as required as observers, including:

  • SJOG Midland Hospital
  • Joondalup Health Service
  • Doctors’ Health Advisory Service of WA