2020 Resident Hospital Health Check survey

Findings released | 2020 AMA Resident Hospital Health Check survey

In August and September, AMA Queensland conducted the fifth Resident Hospital Health Check (RHHC) survey to evaluate the state of Junior Medical Officer employment in Queensland, and subsequently compare hospitals across the state.

A total of 730 Interns, Junior House Officers, Senior House Officers across 20 Hospital and Health Services responded to the survey, representing approximately 31% of Queensland’s 2,343 eligible Resident Medical Officers (RMOs). The results provide important insights into their experiences and the culture of public hospitals.

Questions covered hospital culture, access to leave, overtime and training, the impact of COVID-19 on RMOs’ career progression and overall wellbeing, and the top six priorities for junior doctors in Queensland were identified. 

The responses were used to provide hospitals with grades in the following six domains:

  1.     Access to leave
  2.     Education and training
  3.     Pay and overtime
  4.     Wellbeing and hospital culture
  5.     Bullying, discrimination and harassment
  6.     COVID-19

Find out how your hospital ranked this year

AMA Queensland looks forward to having constructive meetings with various Hospital and Health services and Queensland Health to discuss the results of the 2020 Resident Hospital Health Check survey. Particularly focusing on areas where systems can be improved to better protect and support junior doctors. This includes areas such as processes around overtime, PDL application and wellbeing. 

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the 2020 AMA Queensland Resident Hospital Health Check Survey in greater detail, please email membership@amaq.com.au and a member of the team will get back to you. 

The AMA Queensland Resident Hospital Health Check survey was completed on a voluntary basis by Queensland doctors in training (including those at Intern, Junior House Officer and Senior House Officer) The purpose of this document is to assist graduating medical students as well as current interns and residents with their decision making process when deciding on which hospitals to apply for in the upcoming intern and RMO campaigns. This information is provided in good faith and should only be used as a guide, it is intended to be general in nature and is made available on the understanding that the AMA Queensland and the AMA Queensland Council of Doctors in Training do not make any comment or assertion that the information provided by participants is correct, or reflects the experiences of doctors who did not participate in the survey. Before relying on the information contained in the survey results provided, users should carefully evaluate its accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance for their purposes, personal objectives and career goals, and should make their own enquiries, including consulting with the relevant Hospital and staff at the relevant Hospital. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the collation of the information in this survey, AMA Queensland, its employees and the AMA Queensland Council of Doctors in Training cannot be held responsible for the information provided by participants in the survey and cannot be responsible for any loss or damage arising from any person or organisation as a result of the publication of this survey of information. AMA Queensland and the AMA Queensland Council of Doctors in Training do not take any responsibility for the outcomes published in the survey. Comparison of results among hospitals/HSS must be made with caution, as the survey did not involve a probabilistic sampling frame, but instead was open to the entire QLD RMO population, achieving a response rate of 27%. Further, as RMOs were not randomly allocated to hospitals differences in attitudes and expectations of respondents cannot be adequately controlled. This introduces biases into the results which cannot be accounted for. Thus, all differences among hospital/HHS should be interpreted as specific only to the survey respondents and must not be interpreted as representative of the experiences of all junior doctors in QLD. Lastly, the overall raw percentage of responses for each question in 2018 were compared with the same question in 2017, with improvement, no change or worsening indicated by green, yellow and red traffic lights respectively. All analyses and reporting of results, including the derivation of the grade, were undertaken by an Epidemiologist (PhD) with considerable experience in research design and statistical analysis and a strong track-record in health/medical research.