Resilience and Wellbeing Resources for the Medical Profession

Contact Details

While AMA Queensland believes being a doctor is the best job in the world we recognise that the profession has unique stressors that can cause poor health outcomes. We have prepared this research not to replace any other source but to function as a roadmap for members of the profession.

Immediate Help:

If you need help NOW contact:

Lifeline: 13 11 14


If you need help contact:

Doctors’ Health Advisory Service (Queensland):
07 3833 4352:

The Doctors’ Health Advisory Service (Queensland) was established in 1989 to allow doctors to talk to a fellow practitioner, who understands the stresses of being a doctor or medical student, confidentially and anonymously.

beyondblue: 1300 224 636:

beyondblue works to reduce the impact of anxiety, depression and suicide in the community by raising awareness and understanding, empowering people to seek help, and supporting recovery, management and resilience.


Helping Others:

Employers:

JobAccess Mental Health: How to support an employee when they experience symptoms of mental illness

The Australian Government has released a comprehensive resource on how to support an employee when they experience symptoms of mental illness

Beyondblue Heads Up: Employer Rights and Responsibilities

Beyondblue has produced an expansive resource on the rights and responsibilities of employers when an employee has a mental health condition

 

Family and Friends:

Black Dog Institute: Helping someone else: what to do if you are worried about a family member or close friend

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

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”

 

Coworkers:

Beyondblue Heads Up: Having a conversation

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.

 

Doctors in Training:

AMA Queensland recognises that your time as a doctor-in-training can be one of the toughest of your professional career that require dedicated resources

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.

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

 

Indemnity Resources:

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

 

Mandatory Reporting:

The mandatory reporting regime is an incredibly complex legislative tool designed to improve public safety. If you have any questions about whether you should report a fellow practitioner please consult the Guidelines for Mandatory Notifications.

The Workplace Relations team at AMA Queensland will be able to help walk you through the process through our affiliation with the expert team at TressCox Lawyers, the preferred legal provider of the Queensland medical community.

 

Further Information:

The Doctors Health Advisory Service (Queensland) has prepared a comprehensive resource for medical practitioners available at: http://dhasq.org.au/

 

AMA Queensland:

AMA Queensland, as the peak medical body in Queensland, advocates on behalf of you. We have an experienced and highly trained team of workplace relations advisers available between 8:30-5:00PM Monday-Friday: /page/Workplace_Relations/

 

Page last updated 27 August 2015