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This page contains information about selected professional networks and support resources related to the welfare of doctors.
Networks and support
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Long Lives, Healthy Workplaces is an initiative of the Welfare of Anaesthetists Special Interest Group and Everymind, with support from the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) and additional funding leveraged under The Prevention Hub.
To encourage feedback and input from anaesthetists and the wider medical profession, they have set up a secure online discussion group for the Long Lives, Healthy Workplaces project. If you’re interested in joining the chat group please fill in the form on their website. Note: ASA members are automatically added to this discussion group once they log onto the members website. If you are an ASA member, you don’t need to fill in the form above. Simply log in and then go to https://asa.org.au/asa-forum/
The project has a toolkit to support better mental health and wellbeing for anaesthetists and anaesthetic trainees.
Read more about this initiative on the ASA website.
Download and print the toolkit.
Australian Doctor's Health Network (ADHN)
"This website is designed for doctors and students, and for families and colleagues of doctors in Australia and New Zealand. The site provides you with contact phone numbers for immediate help and support.
If you are a doctor or medical student, this site also provides you with resources for promoting the work of the doctors' health advisory service in your state or territory, for helping your colleagues and for your own self-care, which is an essential prerequisite for competent medical practice." - Dr Bill Pring, Acting Chair ADHN
beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
beyondblue: National Mental Health Survey of Doctors and Medical Students
The National Mental Health Survey of Doctors and Medical Students was conducted with the aims of:
• understanding issues associated with the mental health of Australian medical students and doctors
• increasing awareness across the medical profession and broader community of issues associated with the mental
health of medical students and doctors, and
• informing the development of mental health services and supports for the medical profession.
beyondblue: Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service
Feeling worried or struggling to cope with the coronavirus pandemic? beyond blue have trained counsellors to support you 24/7.
Mentally healthy workplaces work better for everyone, and Heads Up aims to give individuals and businesses free tools and resources to take action.
Develop an action plan to create a mentally healthy workplace, find out about taking care of your own mental health, and get tips on having a conversation with someone you're concerned about.
Find out more about what Heads up is doing to Promote the mental health of doctors and medical students
, and get your workplace involved.
Many Hats Network
The Many Hats Network
is an initiative launched by Kiernan Allen to support health professionals with lived experience of mental illness, with the hope of removing stigma and to instead forge connections.
Twitter tag line: Connecting health professionals with lived experience of mental illness. Share the compassion and celebrate our uniqueness #HowManyHats #HatsOff4MentalHealth
This Way Up – free tools to support wellbeing and mental health.
Caring for your mental health is just as important as caring for your physical health.
‘This way up’ is a range of online tools and practical ways to support emotional wellbeing and protect mental health, that have been made freely available by Professor Gavin Andrews and a team of psychiatrists and clinical psychologists at St Vincent's Hospital. They also have really helpful responses to some common questions everyone is asking, just scroll to the bottom.
The tools include guided workbooks with practical tips and strategies, an audio guide and self-paced online treatment courses to tackle any specific symptoms you might be experiencing like insomnia, worry or anxiety. They are also offering free access to other courses to help people manage difficulties like stress, worry, anxiety and depression. The courses are available at https://thiswayup.org.au/how-we-can-help/courses/
ANZCA Doctors' health and wellbeing
Healthy doctors ensure a sustainable workforce that provides best patient care. Find out what we're doing to support our doctors' health and wellbeing, and the services and resources available to our fellows, trainees, specialist international medical graduates and immediate family members.
Doctors' health and wellbeing (ANZCA)
ANZCA's dedicated Doctors' health and wellbeing page, which outlines the Doctors' Health and Wellbeing Framework, as well as other resources to support doctors and integrate supportive mechanisms within organisations.
ANZCA Doctors' Support Program
The ANZCA Doctors' Support Program (DSP) is a professional counselling service that offers confidential, short-term support for a variety of work-related and personal problems that may be affecting you at work or at home.
Long Lives, Healthy Workplaces
This toolkit is a resource to support anaesthesia departments and individual anaesthetists to operationalise a framework they can put into action.
LLHW Implementation Group
The Long Lives, Healthy Workplaces Toolkit Steering Group has prepared supplementary resources that we hope will help you to navigate the toolkit, and plan and implement a wellbeing strategy for your workplace.
Helpful contact numbers for concerns about domestic violence
1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732), the National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling Line for confidential phone help and referral
1800 LGBTIQ (1800 542 847) or www.withrespect.org.au for a specialist LGBTIQ family violence service
Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800
Men's Referral Service: 1300 766 491
Doctors are human
Created by doctors, for doctors - Doctors are human gives doctors a public space to share their experiences, find support and inspiration.
This website's mission is "to create a space where all doctors, from students to senior clinicians, can share their struggles and triumphs, their stories, opinions, poetry and other arts, so no-one feels alone. By doing so, we hope to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and hopefully help someone, maybe stop the next death. Who knows? In this forum we may come up with ideas that will ultimately improve our workplace regulations and culture."
Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience
The National Academy of Medicine will build a collaborative platform for supporting and improving clinician well-being and resilience across multiple organizations, including clinician and consumer groups as well as health care organizations and policy making bodies. This “action collaborative” will provide the venue for a set of collaborative activities, grounded in evidence-based knowledge, to (1) assess and understand the underlying causes of clinician burnout and suicide, and (2) advance solutions that reverse the trends in clinician stress, burnout, and suicide. Activities of the collaborative will include working meetings among participating groups, public workshops, and stakeholder engagement activities.
For more information visit: https://nam.edu/initiatives/clinician-resilience-and-well-being/
Online mindfulness programs
Monash University provides free online mindfulness programs available to anyone with an internet connection, which are in addition to their programs for University staff and students. These free MOOCs can be accessed from this website. There are also mindfulness resources available.
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ANZCA acknowledges the traditional custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises their unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past, present, and emerging.
ANZCA acknowledges and respects Māori as the Tangata Whenua of Aotearoa and is committed to upholding the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, fostering the college’s relationship with Māori, supporting Māori fellows and trainees, and striving to improve the health of Māori.