Results of the first annual senior hospital doctor engagement survey



A copy of the report regarding the First Annual AMA/ASMOF Senior Hospital Doctor Engagement Survey can be accessed here. This survey was conducted in response to the Joint Statement of Co-operation signed by ASMOF (NSW), AMA (NSW) and the NSW Minister for Health in February 2015.

The Joint Statement expresses a shared commitment to embedding clinician engagement into the NSW Health System, promoting “ways of working in which the effective and meaningful engagement of medical practitioners is a cornerstone of decision-making, to deliver patient centred care within the NSW public health system”. It also outlines the Minister’s support for these results being used as part of understanding and assessing the performance of District and network senior executive management teams, relevant managers and senior medical staff. 

The Results

The comparison between the results of this survey and the AMA/ASMOF survey undertaken in 2008 during the Garling enquiry is encouraging.

The survey reveals an improvement in morale across hospital doctors in NSW.

  • In 2008, 65-70% of respondent doctors had seriously considered leaving the public health system in the previous 12 months.
  • In 2015, only 39% of doctors expressed this intention.
  • Most respondents are very positive about their work with 94% of doctors feeling highly valued by their patients and co-workers.

There may not be a cause and effect relationship but it is tempting to speculate that the devolution process is at least partially responsible for higher levels of morale.

The results of the survey also suggest the need for improvement in some areas with a majority or close to a majority of respondents disagreeing that senior management is effectively engaging with senior doctors.

We have provided this report to the Minister and the Secretary, and we have written separately to the MSEC, Board and Chief Executive of each LHD. We trust that the information contained in the report will be useful to members, management, and Boards in identifying where engagement strategies are working and where they can be improved.

Please email if you have any questions about the report.