Health and wellbeing of the medical workforce


We plan to determine whether responsible agencies meet their obligations to support the health and wellbeing of the medical workforce. 

Why this is important

Medical practitioners should feel safe and supported at work to deliver high-quality healthcare and find reward and satisfaction in their work. The Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 requires employers to provide safe work environments that minimise risks to employees’ health, including psychological health. Risks can include bullying and harassment, occupational violence, fatigue, and mental health stressors. These stressors include long and unpredictable working hours and repeated exposure to trauma, violence, and death. COVID-19 has placed considerable additional strain on the medical workforce. This has introduced new challenges to the health and wellbeing of the medical workforce and exacerbated others.

In 2020–21, the Australian Medical Association (Victoria) found that 33 per cent of doctors in training rated employer support for their mental health and wellbeing as poor or very poor.

What we plan to examine

In this reasonable assurance performance audit, we will examine whether Health Services, DH and WorkSafe are meeting their legislative obligations to support the health and wellbeing of the medical workforce, and whether they have adequate system-wide oversight of risks.

We propose to scope Albury Wodonga Health, Austin Health, DH, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, VPSC, VMIA and WorkSafe Victoria into this engagement.



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