Health Minister Andrew Barr says there is a “lack of data” to prove that doctors are stressed and are less likely to perform well on a regular basis.
Dr Barr said it was a “complex” issue.
“There is no scientific evidence that shows stress causes harm to people.
It’s a complicated topic that’s hard to answer,” Dr Barr told ABC News Breakfast.
“[We] need to find a more scientific way to understand stress and the underlying factors that may be contributing to stress.”
He said he had recently been speaking to colleagues in other countries about stress, including Brazil.
He also spoke about a new Australian national standard for measuring stress, which is based on a person’s level of depression.
Australia’s national standard is based in part on a questionnaire from a group of academics who conducted an assessment of stress, anxiety and depression in more than 30,000 Australian adults.
Mr Barr said he would continue to work with the Government to develop a national standard.
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Read more “It’s really important that we find a way of understanding the underlying causes of stress and stress related issues, which we’re working on right now,” Dr Carr said.
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