Junior Medical Officers (JMOs) would recommend Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) as a great place to work with more than two thirds feeling supported, according to an Australian-first survey.


​NSW Health's Your Training and Wellbeing Matters survey canvassed the views of 1910 junior doctors across the state, with the aim of improving the working life of doctors in training.

At NSLHD, 203 JMOs took part in the survey, which was the first of its kind. Of those who participated, 93 per cent said they had good supervision in hours and 79 per cent after hours.

The survey also found that 95 per cent of JMOs at NSLHD felt physically safe and majority felt they were able to achieve a healthy work/life balance.

While the results are encouraging, JMOs did report feeling unsupported in taking time off for study leave and having time to take meal breaks.

The survey – which will be conducted again in November – was an initiative of the JMO Wellbeing and Support Plan, which was released at the end of last year following a forum, convened by Health Minister Brad Hazzard, to address concerns raised by young doctors about the pressures they faced.

As part of the plan, changes have already occurred to improve the wellbeing of junior doctors with a review of rostering practices and two new safe working hour standards introduced.

The results of the Your Training and Wellbeing Matters survey can be viewed at www.health.nsw.gov.au/training-wellbeing-survey

The JMO Wellbeing and Support Plan is available at www.health.nsw.gov.au/jmo-wellbeing