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Experiences and psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on junior and senior doctors

Join Assoc Prof Natasha Smallwood and Prof Karen Willis as they present the findings of the largest primary and secondary care study in the world, examining the impact of the pandemic on doctors.

The 60-minute session saw our presenters draw on the results from the COVID-19 Frontline Health Workers study, and covered the following key areas:

  • The different mental health symptoms and workplace challenges experienced by junior and senior doctors during the pandemic.
  • Psychological harms identified and described by doctors.
  • The predictors of mental health symptoms and how these varied according to occupational role.
  • The impact doctors’ experiences throughout the pandemic have had on patient care and workforce retention.


  • Associate Professor Natasha Smallwood, Alfred Hospital & Monash University (Melbourne)
  • Professor Karen Willis, Professor of Public Health, Victoria University (Melbourne)
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