The amendment of the Declaration of Geneva for improved Doctor Wellbeing

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Over the weekend, at the General Assembly in Chicago, USA, the World Medical Association voted unanimously to amend the Declaration of Geneva, the modern-day Hippocratic Oath, the value-set of doctors, to acknowledge the importance of doctor wellbeing.

The declaration has been amended to include; I WILL ATTEND TO my own health, well-being, and abilities in order to provide care of the highest standard.

Previously, the declaration did not include the need for doctors to take care of our own health and wellbeing in order to take better care of our patients.

In 2016, I presented a petition with the signatures of more than 4,500 Australasian doctors to the WMA, asking for such a change, and presented my research at their General Assembly in Taipei.

You, me, us, we did this!!!

This might seem like only words, but it is a game changer for our profession.

For years, we’ve operated under the outdated paradigm that as doctors we must sacrifice everything for our patients. Acknowledging that looking after ourselves is critical to providing the highest quality care ushers in a new era for doctors.

With this official acknowledgement, we can move on to creating solutions. No longer can we sweep doctor wellbeing under the rug.

I see the fallout of doctor burnout both in the doctors and in the patients every day. I am relieved and thrilled that as a profession we are at last acknowledging that at the core of exceptional patient care is a healthy doctor.

I’ll enjoy this moment, but really the exciting work is just beginning as now we move from acknowledging the problem is real, to solving it.

  

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Over the weekend, at the General Assembly in Chicago, USA, the World Medical Association voted unanimously to amend the Declaration of Geneva, the modern-day Hippocratic Oath, the value-set of doctors, to acknowledge the importance of doctor wellbeing.

The declaration has been amended to include; I WILL ATTEND TO my own health, well-being, and abilities in order to provide care of the highest standard.

Previously, the declaration did not include the need for doctors to take care of our own health and wellbeing in order to take better care of our patients.

In 2016, I presented a petition with the signatures of more than 4,500 Australasian doctors to the WMA, asking for such a change, and presented my research at their General Assembly in Taipei.

You, me, us, we did this!!!

This might seem like only words, but it is a game changer for our profession.

For years, we’ve operated under the outdated paradigm that as doctors we must sacrifice everything for our patients. Acknowledging that looking after ourselves is critical to providing the highest quality care ushers in a new era for doctors.

With this official acknowledgement, we can move on to creating solutions. No longer can we sweep doctor wellbeing under the rug.

I see the fallout of doctor burnout both in the doctors and in the patients every day. I am relieved and thrilled that as a profession we are at last acknowledging that at the core of exceptional patient care is a healthy doctor.

I’ll enjoy this moment, but really the exciting work is just beginning as now we move from acknowledging the problem is real, to solving it.

  

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