Raymond Seidler PhD Scholarship
In memory of the late Dr Raymond Seidler
In partnership with the University of Sydney, The Raymond Seidler PhD Scholarship will focus on improving the mental health of doctors in Australia. The scholarship has been devised by family of the late Dr Raymond Seidler, through extensive planning with experts including Professor Ian Hickie, Australia’s Mental Health Commissioner.
Given Dr Seidler’s personal struggles with mental health, his family hopes that this research will help to better understand and aid other doctors under pressure, who, through caring for others, often find themselves unable to do so for themselves.
The nature of the work that doctors and medical students are involved in is stressful and demanding, often impacting on their own mental health and wellbeing. Research has highlighted high rates of suicide, depression, anxiety, substance misuse and self-medication within the profession. The stigma surrounding health professionals seeking help for mental health disorders is a significant barrier, along with a lack of discreet access to these services. It is clear that much more needs to be done to address these barriers.
A recent editorial by a young doctor in training sums up the current situation:
“It is time for the medical profession to look deep inside itself and fix the cancer that has been growing for far too long. If they don't, the cost is simply too high.”
The Raymond Seidler PhD Scholarship will support a full-time student to undertake a 3-4 year project, commencing in 2018, with an aim to break down the barriers preventing doctors from receiving the support they need. It will endeavour to translate these findings into actionable change within the medical community.