ANZCA Final Exam Resources
Day 1

Welfare Issues

Structure for Any Welfare Question

Protect the patient
Protect the doctor
Short-term measures
Long-term measures


ANZCA has a Doctors Support Program via phone (1300 687 327)
Wellbeing SIG
Articles, books, apps, podcasts, networks
Long Lives, Health Workplaces (toolkit)
1, 3, 5, 13, 16, 20, 22, 24 most relevant

Substance Abuse


Critical Incident

The patient and/or relatives
The anaesthetic and its environment
The team and person directly involved (”second victim”)

Mandatory Notification

Practising whilst intoxicated
Sexual misconduct
Placing patient at risk through being impaired
Placing patient at risk through practice which constitutes a significant departure from accepted professional standard

Workplace Bullying/Discrimination/Sexual Harassment

Bullying: any repeated unreasonable behaviour directed toward a person or group of people which creates a risk to health and safety
Anything which would expect to victimise, humiliate, undermine or threaten a person
Could be direct (physical/verbal/written) or indirect (belittling, unjustified criticism, impossible work expectations, gossip)
Feedback: giving specific information about a trainee’s observed performance in comparison to an expected standard, with intent to improve the trainee’s performance
Discrimination: when a person (or group) is treated less favourably than others (e.g. age, race, gender)
Can also be indirect (e.g. blanket rule for everybody which disproportional affects a particular group, such as not allowing any part-time work)
Sexual harassment
Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature

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