September 7, 2017

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Even doctors need a little extra help at times, please don’t hesitate to contact us at TMSS if you are struggling.

Below are some resources for doctors including helplines and information regarding services:

Employee Assistance Program

All employees can call the Employee Assistance Program for free, confidential counselling. This service is provided by OPTUM.

Call: 1800 604 640

www.livewell.optum.com/public

Doctors’ Health Services

Doctors’ Health Services co-ordinates the delivery of health advisory and referral services for doctors and medical students across Australia.

www.drs4drs.com.au

Doctors’ Mental Health Program

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/about-us/about-our-work/workplace-mental-health/about-the-doctors-mental-health-program

Doctors Health Advisory Service Queensland

An organisation established by the Doctors’ Health Advisory Service (Qld). Allow doctors to talk to a fellow practitioner, who understands the stresses of being a doctor or medical student, confidentially and anonymously. Staffed by volunteer senior doctors with experience in Doctors’ Health.

24hr helpline Call 07 3833 4352

dhasq.org.au

http://www.adhn.org.au/

Are you ok?

A website to promote the health and wellbeing of junior doctors. A comprehensive resource developed by the profession in New South Wales. This resource includes self assessment tools, vignettes, and ideas to help reduce stress.

http://jmohealth.org.au/

Beyond Blue Doctors’ Mental Health Program

Latest research and programs addressing the mental health of doctors

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/about-us/about-our-work/workplace-mental-health/about-the-doctors-mental-health-program

R-Cubed

R-Cubed provides GP Registrars, Medical Students and Pre-Vocational Doctors with real strategies to build resilence in busy times. It is an initiative set up by General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA)

http://www.rcubed.org.au/

AMSA Keeping Your Grass Greener

The Australian Medical Students Association (AMSA) is the peak body representing the interests of medical students. They have produced an expansive collection of resources to help medical students keep their grass greener

http://mentalhealth.amsa.org.au/keeping-your-grass-greener/

Keeping the Doctor Alive

Self care guide book for medical practitioners developed by RACGP

https://www.ranzcp.org/Files/Branches/Victoria/Keeping_the_Doctor_Alive-pdf.aspx

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away: a health and wellbeing guide for junior medical officers

http://www.pmct.org.au/images/HealthWellbeingGuideJMOs_Jan2016.pdf

The Basics: Strategies for coping with stress and building personal resilience for physicians

http://php.oma.org/PDF%20files/The%20Basics/TheBasics-full%20version.pdf

The medical defence organisations have produced a series of resources related to doctors’ health and well-being that are freely accessible.

MDA National

MIGA

MIPS

AVANT

Talking to a Colleague

RUOK

R U OK has developed a set of resources to help people become conversation ready and to ask their friends, family and co-workers “R U OK”

https://www.ruok.org.au/

The Black Dog Institute

The Black Dog Institute has prepared a set of resources on what to do if you’re worried about the mental health of a family member or close friend and how to help them. Black Dog Institute: Helping someone else: what to do if you are worried about a family member or close friend.

https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/getting-help

Beyondblue

Beyondblue has developed a page that provides resources on how to have a conversation with a co-worker that you’re concerned about. Speaking openly reduces stigma and encourages people to seek support.

https://www.headsup.org.au/supporting-others/starting-a-conversation

Preventing Physician Distress and Suicide

https://www.stepsforward.org/modules/preventing-physician-suicide#section-introduction

Other Useful Sites

AHPRA Guidelines for Mandatory Notifications

http://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Policies/Guidelines-for-mandatory-notifications.aspx

AMA Queensland

AMA Queensland, as the peak medical body in Queensland, advocates on behalf of you. A team of workplace relations advisers are available between 8:30-5:00PM Monday-Friday

https://www.amaq.com.au/

AMA Fatigue Assessment Tool

http://safehours.ama.com.au/

National Mental Health Survey of Doctors and Medical Students 2013

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/docs/default-source/research-project-files/bl1132-report—nmhdmss-full-report_web

Healthy Sleep

http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/

UCLA Overcoming sleep problems caused by a non-traditional work schedule

http://sleepcenter.ucla.edu/coping-with-shift-work

Articles

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/18/being-told-i-was-a-disappointment-to-medicine-haunted-me-for-years?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/mind/we-need-to-treat-junior-doctors-better/news-story/65c5e15e3965fbc22ffc90c6e066bdb3

https://www.amansw.com.au/picking-up-the-pieces/

https://www.childrens.health.qld.gov.au/blog-talking-openly-about-suicide-is-key-to-fighting-this-silent-epidemic/

http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/damning-ama-survey-reveals-the-toll-of-overworking-junior-doctors-20170606-gwlbdv.html

https://www.doctorportal.com.au/mjainsight/2017/31/the-resilience-myth-in-medicine/