'This is my fourth evening shift in a row.

Haven't seen my partner for a while - like ships passing at night.

By the time I get home, Rob is asleep.

When Rob gets up to go to work, I am still sleeping.

I'm looking forward to tomorrow though: I am starting nights, so at least we get to have a meal together before Rob goes to sleep and I go back to work...'



Tips for maintaining Relationships

maintaining relationshipsThe stress associated with being a JMO can place a strain on your relationships, especially close ones. If you have a partner:

  • involve your partner in strategies to cope with shiftwork and secondment;
  • have a shared calendar and mark out time together - for a meal, a movie or just a walk;
  • plan holidays and make sure you always have something important to look forward to together;
  • be patient about discussing options and finding compromises.


An initiative of the Doctors’ Health Advisory Service (NSW), the Medical Benevolent Association, the AMA Doctors in Training Group, the Resident Medical Officers’ Associations, the Australian Medical Students’ Association, the Clinical Education and Training Institute and the NSW Employee Assistance Program with funding from the Medical Board of NSW (2009).