Humanise Culture was born out of the increasing awareness of how stress and burnout are negatively affecting healthcare delivery. The burden of these issues, borne by frontline staff, has been shown to have adverse effects on patient safety and efficient service provision. Humanise Culture aims to reduce stress and burnout, prevent the development of mental illness and suicide, and increase wellbeing amongst healthcare staff.
Humanise Culture is developing an app to help healthcare workers better recognise and monitor symptoms of burnout; to increase collegiality and communication between staff; and to provide evidence-based interventions to help improve levels of wellbeing. It will also help healthcare providers to identify areas of particular stress within their service which need other targeted interventions.
Did you know that:
- 24.8% of doctors in Australia had thoughts of suicide prior to the last 12 months, and 10.4% had thoughts within the last twelve months (beyondblue, 2013)
- Doctors experience very high levels of psychological distress at 2.4 times the rate of the general population, and doctors under 30 at 3.4 times the rate (beyondblue, 2013)
- Doctors have the highest suicide rate of any profession (Medscape, 2018)
- In the US, out of a sample of more than 15,000 doctors, 42% reported themselves as being burnt out (Medscape, 2018). Other studies have reported this figure to be as high as 75% (The Lancet, 2009)
- In the US, burnout-related turnover of physicians may cost as much as US$17 billion; the same issue in nurses is estimated to cost US$9 billion (National Taskforce for Humanity in Healthcare, 2018)
- 'Physicians with symptoms of burnout are more likely to have made a major medical error in the past 3 months and to receive lower patient-satisfaction scores.' (NEJM, 2018)
- Across all sectors, mental ill-health in the workplace costs the Australian economy around AUS$12.8 billion, with knock-on effects bringing this closer to AUS$60 billion per year (RANZCP, 2016, as reported by KPMG, 2018)
- Workplace mental health interventions in Australia could save AUS$4.5 billion per year (KPMG, 2018)