Mental Illness, Burnout and Welfare in Surgery
Dr Mary Langcake
MD, BSC(Hons; Biology & Immunology)
Director of Trauma at St George Hospital
Dr Lucy Wynter
MBBS, M. Bioethics, FRACP
Nephologist, SMP Wellbeing program designer.
Mental health is a topical issue in medicine, with many students, junior doctors, registrars and consultants experiencing burnout and suffering from mental illness. With suicide within the medical profession attracting the media spotlight in recent years, now is an important time to discuss mental health, how it affects us and what we can do to help ourselves and each other. This is especially true in surgery, with its demanding work hours and tough working conditions. This event is designed to discuss whether mental illness acts as a barrier to entering training programs and becoming a successful clinician.
Dr Mary Langcake is the Director of Trauma at St George Hospital and has been deployed as a military trauma surgeon with the RAAF in Afghanistan. She has a passion for training students and junior doctors and advocates for supporting those of us suffering from burnout and mental illness.
Dr Lucy Wynter is a nephrologist who has designed the Wellbeing Program for the SMP, an initiative to teach students about general wellbeing throughout medical training, destigmatise mental illness and help students of the Sydney Medical Program find help for ourselves and our friends.