Psych Matters

Psychiatrist and trainee burnout

September 15, 2023 RANZCP
Psych Matters
Psychiatrist and trainee burnout
Show Notes

In this episode senior trainees Dr Ava Carter, Dr Matthew Brazel and A/Prof Jeffrey Looi discuss trainee and psychiatrist burnout. The episode covers the definition, research on burnout in Trainee and Psychiatrists, as well as the broader literature, medical student and career experiences, and evidence-based management. The podcast is based on a paper co-authored, with Professors Stephen Allison, Tarun Bastiampillai, Steve Kisely, Jeffrey Looi and Drs Paul Maguire and Matthew Brazel.

Dr Ava Carter is dual qualified in Dentistry and Medicine and is the Senior Psychiatric Registrar in the ACT. She has been a vocal advocate for accreditation and governance since her time at Griffith University as an academic supervisor and lecturer as a dentist and currently works with the Canberra Regional Accreditation Committee and was appointed to the Council in 2021. She is keenly engaged in JMO teaching and academic supervision of ANU medical students, and an enthusiastic promoter of clinical psychiatry, research and clinical teaching, both within mental health services and across the general hospital. Her interests include consultation liaison psychiatry, the interface of dentistry and psychiatry, and medical education.

Dr Matthew Brazel is an advanced trainee in Psychiatry of Old Age at the Canberra Hospital and the Academic Fellow at the Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine within the Australian National University Medical School. He is a passionate advocate for psychiatry training for medical students and junior medical officers. His research interests include the neurobiology of depression, old age psychiatry and health resourcing. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies, reading and running after his two young children.

Associate Professor Jeffrey Looi is a clinical academic neuropsychiatrist, in private and public practice, and Head of the Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine at the Australian National University Medical School. Jeffrey leads the Australian, United States, Scandinavian-Spanish Imaging Exchange (AUSSIE) and the Consortium of Australian-Academic Psychiatrists for Independent Policy and Research Analysis (CAPIPRA). He has received multiple research and leadership awards including: a Fulbright Scholarship and Australian-Davos-Connection Future Summit Leadership Award. He is an co-author on more than 255 peer-reviewed papers, involving UCLA, Karolinska Institute and University of Melbourne.

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