Doctors' Health and Wellbeing

"Medice, cur ate ipsum" Luke 4:23

This document has been curated by Fellows of the RACP to help you find high quality CPD resources on doctors' health and wellbeing.

Resources are categorised by type:

  1. Key organisations & websites
  2. Webcasts
  3. Courses
  4. Tools
  5. Key journals
  6. Recommended reading

Doctors’ Health – the elephant in the room?

Doctors' heath means more than just the absence of ill-health and infirmity. It refers to the overall mental, physical and social wellbeing which enables you to practice effectively.

To achieve this it is important not only to have your own GP and get regular check-ups, but also to be aware of your mental health and very real issues like stress, burnout and depression. The following collection includes resources to help and support yourself, your colleagues and your teams.

Short on time? Try this:

  • Read short guide on managing stress and anxiety
  • Listen to a podcast on doctor’s health
  • Watch video on how to use your stress positively

1. Key Organisations & Websites

Useful as a starting point and overview of current work in this area

CPD tipCPD TIP:  Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these websites. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • Support Services for Health Professionals
    The RACP has compiled a list of support services for physicians and students in the areas of health, mental health, addiction, financial and workplace difficulties.

  • Australian Doctors’ Health Network
    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

  • Doctors' Health Advisory Service
    This service provides helpline advice to practitioners and students facing difficulties as well as offering health promotion and educational information. This service is available in all states, territories and NZ.

  • Medical Benevolent Association of NSW
    The Medical Benevolent Association of NSW provides free and confidential financial assistance and counselling to registered medical practitioners, medical students and their families in NSW and ACT. 

  • Beyondblue
    Beyondblue provides information and support to help people achieve their best possible mental health. Their Doctors’ Mental Health Program focuses on depression and anxiety in medical students and doctors.

  • Black Dog Institute

    Black Dog is a leader in mood disorders such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. Their website provides resources for people with mood disorders and those wanting to help someone else.

  • MindhealthConnect
    This website aggregates mental health resources and content from the leading health organisations in Australia, including online programs, fact sheets, audio and video, and online communities.

  • The George Washington Institute for Spirituality & Health (GWish)
    GWish conducts research, education and policy work on the spiritual needs of healthcare professionals, patients and families.

2. Webcasts

Useful for brief overviews of topics and recent developments

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these webcasts in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here.

3. Courses

Useful for in depth, structured learning

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these courses. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

4. Tools

Useful for implementing what you have learned in your daily practice

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these tools. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

5. Key Journals

Useful for keeping up to date with research and finding out more on specific topics

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for your time reading these journals in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • Burnout Research
    Burnout Researchis a peer-reviewed international journal aimed at presenting basic, translational and clinical high-quality research related to the phenomenon of burnout.

6. Recommended Reading

Useful for keeping up to date with research and finding out more on specific topics

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for your time spent on these readings in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

Send Us Your Feedback:

RACP curated collections are managed by the Learning Support Unit, based on the contributions and peer review of Fellows of the College and other experts.

We thank Dr Libby Smales, Dr Roger Sexton and Dr Barry Taylor for their contributions to the Doctors’ Health page.

Tell us what you think about this page and make suggestions for improvement by emailing myresources@racp.edu.au.  

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