How can Doctors' Health in Queensland help?

DHQ provides an independent, confidential,
colleague-to-colleague support service to assist
doctors and medical students.

Coronavirus COVID-19 information for Doctors and Medical Students

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Call 07 3833 4352

24/7 Helpline for doctors and medical students.

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What is the Queensland Doctors’ Health Programme?

QDHP is an organisation established by the Doctors’ Health in Queensland to assist colleagues who may be in difficulty. Our aim is to support doctors and medical students in Queensland to achieve optimal health and well-being throughout their careers.

Improving doctors’ health has benefits for the doctors themselves, their patients and the health care teams they work with. We understand the stressors of professional practice and the complexities of navigating training. Our service provides a helpline for advice and support plus education to improve understanding of doctors health and how to care for doctors as patients. We strongly advocate for physicians’ health and regularly collaborate with other organisations to support their work in the field of doctors’ health.

Help is only a call away

Call 07 3833 4352

For doctors and medical students only – Independent and Confidential advice

THIS IS NOT AN EMERGENCY SERVICE

FOR ANY EMERGENCY PLEASE CALL 000

Doctors' Helpline

DRS4DRS has been developed by the medical profession for the medical profession. Through our network of doctors’ health advisory and referral services, we offer an independent, safe, supportive and confidential service. DRS4DRS promotes the health and wellbeing of doctors and medical students across Australia. We’re here to help you find the support you need – online resources, education modules, referral services and importantly for wellbeing, we’ll help you find a GP. DrHS distributes the funding for doctors’ health services and if you would prefer to speak with a EAP service for counselling you can access the Converge International/DrHS line via the link below.

                                                             www.drs4drs.com.au

Latest News

DHQ Celebrates 31 Years

DHQ Celebrates 31 Years

Doctors’ Health in Queensland’s service arm board chair Ross Phillipson led the charge in acknowledging the honourable work the organisation has done for the medical community since it first began operations more than 31 years ago. Along with formally announcing the...

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DHQ in the News!

Listen to our DHQ radio segment that aired on Friday PM on ABC NQ Radio Drive - our piece is at 2:06:35 https://www.abc.net.au/radio/northqld/programs/north-qld-drive/drive/12561362 The online story is...

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Research on Doctors’ Mental Health

Written by Dr Ross Phillipson Research has shown that the majority of doctors generally enjoy good physical health. However, there has been concern expressed over many years that the mental health of doctors is not as high as it should be. Sadly, the suicide rate...

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Queensland’s bespoke support service for doctors and medical students is pleased to announce a new name to better reflect the support we’ve been providing to doctors and medical students in Queensland for over 30 years. Formerly your local doctors’ health advisory service (DHAS(Q) & QDHP) we will be now known together as “Doctors’ Health in Queensland” (DHQ).

Queensland’s bespoke support service for doctors and medical students is pleased to announce a new name to better reflect the support we’ve been providing to doctors and medical students in Queensland for over 30 years. Formerly your local doctors’ health advisory service (DHAS(Q) & QDHP) we will be now known together as “Doctors’ Health in Queensland” (DHQ).

Callers to our help-line will always speak to a senior GP or specialised counsellor who has had training and is experienced in supporting doctor and medical student colleagues with a wider range of general health and stress-related problems. Doctors’ Health in Qld’s...

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Latest on Twitter

AMA welcomes new guidelines to protect frontline workers against COVID 10 Jun 2021.

https://ama.com.au/media/ama-welcomes-new-guidelines-protect-frontline-workers-against-covid

Grace Spence Green is a final year medical student who is passionate about disability rights and co-hosts a podcast called “This is Spinal Crap” about living well with a spinal cord injury.
https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2021/04/15/i-felt-i-had-no-control-how-a-spinal-cord-injury-shaped-the-doctor-ill-become/

Our New Horizon Forum brought together champions of Doctors’ Health. We need to harness the energy from Friday’s forum and take this back to our workplaces.

Individually, we can practice our own self-care and wellness and by our behaviour, demonstrate to our colleagues.

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GPs put best foot forward on CrazySocks4Docs day.

Do you have a GP? Need advice as to where to find one in Qld? Call (07) 38334352. The person who answers is a doctor.

https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/professional/gps-put-best-foot-forward-on-crazysocks4docs-day

Why GPs consider leaving general practice. And why they stay.

It is not uncommon for doctors to think about walking away from general practice, but newsGP speaks to two who are glad they didn’t.

https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/professional/why-gps-consider-leaving-general-practice-and-why?utm_source=racgpnewsgpnewsletter&utm_campaign=newsgpedm&utm_medium=email

A big thank you to everyone who attended our DHQ Forum- The New Horizon today. A few take home messages:
Peer connectedness is vital
Remember the five F's
Food
Fitness – physical and emotional
Fun
Family – work-non-work balance
Football – know the fav team of others
Have a GP!

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Proud to be in my #crazysocks4docs at the @DocHealthQLD Forum today with some inspirational colleagues. The new horizon for doctors health and wellbeing is looking promising....@DrUnaEM @DrMelNaidoo @amacdt @RuthBollard #mdok

Creating change is a slow burn when it comes to doctors wellbeing. @DrUnaEM speaks about driving organisational change at @DocHealthQLD The New Horizon Conference. @WRAPEMtweet @acemonline #wellbeing

Happy Birthday to DHQ!

A huge thank you to our volunteer GPs, without whom our 24/7 helpline for doctors and medical students would not exist plus a big thank you to our staff behind the scenes.

And an enormous thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years.

1. Grab your tickets https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-new-horizon-leading-doctors-health-into-the-future-tickets-137209367913

2. Grab your crazy socks (@Crazysocks4docs)

3. Join us in 1 week, at our upcoming forum, The New Horizon – Leading doctors’ health into the future and celebrate Crazy Socks 4 Docs Day on June 4th!

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