Various resources are available to members needing assistance.
Fully confidential, 24 hours, seven days helpline for members, run by our partner Converge International.
Online educational courses relating to supervision including: training support, telesupervision, physician self-care and wellbeing and creating a safe workplace.
Resources for supervisors looking to develop their supervisor teaching skills, for support or to support a trainee.
The Training Support Unit can coordinate additional support for you to keep on track in completing training requirements.
Our podcasts cover a wide range of topics, including ones relevant to doctors' heath and wellbeing including:
Episode 5: Physician - Heal Thyself
Episode 7: The Art of Supervision
Episode 16: Mind the (Gender) Gap
Episode 22: Transitions to Retirement
Episode 30: Being Human
We have compiled a list of external support services available across Australia and New Zealand offering support in the areas of health, mental health, financial and workplace difficulties, financial support, relocation, drugs, alcohol and gambling.
This initiative from the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM), is based on compelling Australasian and international evidence that good work is beneficial to people’s health and wellbeing and that long term work absence, work disability and unemployment generally have a negative impact on health and wellbeing.
The Australasian Doctors Health Network is for doctors and medical students, and for the families and colleagues of doctors in Australia and New Zealand. Helpline numbers for Australian states and territories and New Zealand. Most operate 24 hours.
Australian Medical Association doctors health and wellbeing resources.
Australian Medical Association (NSW) Doctors for Colleagues is a registry of General Practitioners who are are happy to take on colleagues as patients.
Beyond Blue Health Services Program aims to address the prevalence of depression, anxiety and suicide in Australian medical students and doctors.
Black Dog Institute – Health professional resources assist with diagnosis, treatment and capacity building.
The Blue Knot Foundation empowers recovery and builds resilience for adults impacted by complex trauma. This includes 1 in 4 adult Australians who have experienced childhood trauma.
The Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges is the unifying organisation for the specialist Medical Colleges of Australia.
Health and Wellbeing of Junior Doctors – run by junior doctors to negotiate some of the difficulties other junior doctors have faced since graduation.
Lifeline provides a crisis support phone line plus information and support.
Mind Tools – stress management resources to help reduce stress in your environment.
Physician Health Matters – a mental health strategy for physicians in Canada.
RMHive App, iPhone | Android – easy to access tips, advice and tools designed to keep you mentally prepared and on-track during COVID-19 and beyond.
Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners self-care guidebook for medical practitioners.
Standford Medicine WellMD is a general health and wellbeing site for doctors with useful resources including a list of anonymous online self-test sites, from altruism to work-life balance.
UCLA Health: Coping with shift work – overcoming sleep problems caused by a non-traditional work schedule.
Ward, H.S., 2020, Optimizing resilience and wellbeing for healthcare professions trainees and healthcare professionals during public health crises – Practical tips for an ‘integrative resilience’ approach, Medical Teacher.
Related policy, statements and flyers
Healthier Physicians (2017)
Supporting the Mental Health of your Trainees (2017)
Flexible Training Policy (effective 1 August 2020)
Respectful Behaviour in College Training Programs (2016)
Improving Workforce Health and Workplace Productivity A Virtuous Circle Position Statement (2013)
Trainee in Difficulty Support (TIDS) policy