Happy holidays and New Year

14 Dec 2021

Dr Jane Deacon

by Dr Jane Deacon

Happy Holidays

The last week of December is a special time in Australia. The sun is (mostly) shining, dinner tables groan under the weight of wonderful food, and children are enjoying the freedom of the summer holidays.

Although this year has been another demanding one for doctors with professional challenges at work, Australians have weathered the covid storm remarkably well, and in no small part due to the contribution of our dedicated doctors.

Enjoy your time with family and friends over the holiday period, even though you may have loved ones who cannot be present due to the COVID-19 virus and difficulties with borders. Hopefully 2022 will see an easing of border restrictions and the ability to travel again.

In the meantime, we take a look at some of the medico-legal issues you may face this Christmas.


We recognise that the festive season is not festive for everyone. To those who feel lonely or marginalised, the festive season often heightens the sadness which is ignored or pushed aside the rest of the year.

This year take a moment to say a kind word to a patient, check in on your colleagues, thank your loyal staff, and most importantly take care of yourself. Medicine is a caring profession however, doctors can be just as susceptible to burnout and mental health problems as the patients they treat.

This year, be thankful for your family and friends, and for the wonderful gift which allows you to provide an outstanding service to the community.

We think what you do is incredible. On behalf of all the staff at MDA National, we wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy festive season.




Career complications and contending with uncertainty

Among the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic for junior doctors is how to respond to medical training impacts and career uncertainty. In this podcast, Dr Caroline Elton (a psychologist who specialises in helping doctors)and Dr Benjamin Veness (a Psychiatry registrar) share advice for coping with medical training and career delays, disruptions and unknowns.


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