Promoting doctors’ well-being
Ensuring quality patient care

Take actions ASAP to manage stress and to avoid burnout

Academy’s Commitment

Quality patient care and doctors’ well-being go hand in hand.1 As healthcare practitioners, our duty is to look after the health of patients and the community,2 and we can do this well only if we are willing and able to look after ourselves and each other.

Every one of our colleagues should also enjoy the opportunities for personal development and for meeting demands in other areas of life, and we can help each other to achieve that.

The Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (Academy), assuming a leading role in the medical and dental profession, has promulgated a Well-being Charter committed to cultivating and promoting well-being of Academy Fellows and specialist trainees of Academy Colleges. We pledge to acknowledge the importance of well-being, to take actions, and to advocate policy changes for the improvement of our Fellows’ and trainees’ wellness.


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De-stress, avoid burnout

Take time to take care of yourself. Find ways to relieve stress when you feel overwhelmed. There are several dimensions of well-being:

  • Physical16
  • Intellectual17
  • Financial18
  • Occupational17
  • Interpersonal/Social17
  • Emotional17-18
  • Environmental18
  • Spiritual17

Ask for help

Do not hesitate to ask for help

Asking for help is in no way regarded as a weakness. Rather, it is a way of mustering strength and courage to face challenges or alter the situation. Available support services out of your personal or workplace circles:

Peer support
Professional assistance

Promotion of well-being

Take action now. Advocate the importance of doctors’ well-being.
We must take care of our own well-being in order to provide quality care to patients.