Domain scores
Domain  2021 2021 – Score out of 100 HNELHD HNELHD – Score out of 100
Rostering 49 54
Overtime 55 61
Leave 54 64
Behaviour 43 46
Sick leave 51 54
Facilities 57 55

All scores are out of a possible total of 100.

Key findings for this hospital

How does the 2021 results compare to last year?


John Hunter Hospital – NO CHANGE

In 2021, John Hunter hospital received a ‘C’ overall.
In 2020, John Hunter hospital received a ‘C’ overall.


Hunter New England Local Health District – BETTER

In 2021, Hunter New England LHD received a ‘B’ overall.
In 2020, Hunter New England LHD received a ‘C’ overall.

How does this hospital compare to NSW?

Do you feel valued?

Overall, 56% reported that they felt valued, which was less than the NSW average of 63%.

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Would you recommend your hospital?

77% reported that they would recommend the hospital, which was more than the NSW average of 75%.

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What doctors at this hospital are saying

What do you value most about your hospital?

“Proximity to the beach, and I have very supportive supervisors. I also think that the heads of other departments and our DMS try their best in a bad situation (i.e. lack of funding and staffing handed down from administration – and ultimately probably from the state government).”

“The people. Great group of doctors, nurses and other staff. Also great location for lifestyle.”

“Lots of senior staff available to call and talk to if you need advice or help during the day and after hours.”

If you could change three things at your hospital what would they be?

“1. Parking and access to parking – can be sometimes an hour to get out of the hospital car park. 2. Coffee and lack of a variety of food choices. 3. COVID response was to lock up the JMO rooms which left a lot of people without a break area.”

“The hospital is generally underfunded. Greater funding would be hugely beneficial to most aspects of the hospital’s function.”

“Better rostering for my colleagues, more training positions for all specialties to avoid burn out, and better coffee.”

Fatigue, Clinical Error and Personal Safety

Have you made a fatigue-induced clinical error caused by your hours of work at your hospital?

In total, 39% of participants reported that they had made a fatigue-induced error, which was more than the NSW average of 38%.

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Have you ever been concerned about your personal health or safety caused by excessive hours worked at your hospital?

48% said they had felt concerned about their health or safety, which was more than the NSW average of 47%.

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Sick Leave

We asked:

  • If you are unwell, how often do you take sick leave at your hospital?
  • What stops you from taking sick leave if you are unwell?

John Hunter Hospital scored below the NSW average on this domain, although the difference was not statistically significant.

How often do you take sick leave at your hospital?

  • Never - 7%
  • Rarely - 22%
  • Sometimes - 29%
  • Usually - 26%
  • Always - 6%
  • Not applicable - 10%

What stops you from taking sick leave if you are unwell?

  • Concern of others workload - 81%
  • Concern of patient safety - 16%
  • No cover available - 57%
  • Workplace culture - 25%

Detailed information for this hospital

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