A physician’s ability to pursue a sustainable work life is in part shaped by their ability to achieve a sense of wellbeing. In the emergency department, this means having the opportunity and means to conduct one’s work in a safe and sustaining work environment; one which fosters connection and belonging while providing opportunities for challenge and growth.

ACEM understands the importance of workplace and workforce policies, systems and structures that acknowledge, support and enable individuals to achieve wellbeing; and that establishing psychologically safe working environments that facilitate and support staff wellness in the face of regular adversity is paramount if optimal working environments are to be realised.

Despite this, 45 per cent of respondents to the 2019 Sustainable Workforce Survey reported moderate to severe personal burnout, and 50 per cent reported work-related burnout. Eighty-one per cent reported fatigue impacted their performance.

Meanwhile, findings from the 2020 Trainee ED Placement Survey show 92 per cent of trainees agreed their placement provides a safe and supportive workplace overall, but fewer (77%) agreed the placement sustained their wellbeing.

The College also has a range of policies and guidelines developed in support of better work conditions for our members and trainees. Further policies are underway and will be added as they are finalised. 


Who can you contact at ACEM for support?

  • ACEM Assist
  • ACEM Trainee Support Unit
  • ACEM Membership and Culture Unit