About Doctors’ Health in Queensland (DHQ), formerly DHAS(Q)
DHQ is an independent organisation. In June 2016 it established the Queensland Doctors’ Health Programme to act as its service arm.
DHQ is a not-for-profit registered charity supported by a Management Committee of volunteer doctors and community members. The members of the management committee have a keen interest in doctors’ health and generously volunteer their time and expertise to support the activities of the organisation. DHQ is also appreciative of the business support services provided by the Australian Medical Association (Queensland).
DHQ recognises that medical practitioners can find it challenging to accept the patient role and many fail to seek help in a timely manner. Yet doctors experience the same wide range of health-related issues as others in the community, in addition to conditions specifically related to the stresses of practicing medicine. DHQ is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of doctors and medical students in Queensland, understanding that a healthy medical workforce benefits the community as a whole.
If you would like to support the work of the DHQ please contact us via the details below or donate via the link at the top of the page.
We would like to thank Dr Christopher Erian and Dr Michael Erian for the development of our new DHQ logo.
Queensland medical practitioners and medical students will be supported to achieve optimal health and wellbeing throughout their careers.
DHQ aspires to be the leading provider in Queensland of doctors’ health services to medical practitioners and medical students, encompassing advice, support, education and research.
Aims of DHQ
- To promote the health and wellbeing of doctors and medical students in Queensland
- To provide a 24 hour confidential helpline for doctors and medical students requiring support and advice
- To deliver education about doctors’ health and being a doctor to a doctor
- To advocate for doctors’ wellbeing
The DHAS(Q) Journey
Several decades ago, a group of doctors decided to develop an organised approach to assisting their colleagues in difficulty. This lead to the formation of the DHAS(Q) under the leadership of Professor Joan Lawrence.
It became apparent to them that doctors often failed to access timely healthcare and treatment despite and sometimes because of working in the medical profession. Doctors frequently continued to work while unwell to their own personal disadvantage. They experienced shame and significant difficulty taking the step to consult their colleagues.
In 1989, their initiative led to the founding of the Doctors’ Health Advisory Service of Queensland, DHAS(Q). In 2020, DHAS(Q) was renamed Doctors’ Health in Queensland (DHQ).
Since then, the DHAS(Q), now known as DHQ, has regularly comforted, supported and relieved the distress of doctors suffering sickness, helplessness, disability and misfortune, while recognising the direct benefit to the community in providing this service.
DHQ works as a charitable organisation in collaboration with the Medical Benevolent Association of Queensland.
During the formative years, the DHAS(Q) worked to establish connections with other doctors’ health services that were emerging in other states and territories across Australia and New Zealand. This informal network was strengthened to become the Australasian Doctors’ Health Network in 2009. Since 1999, the doctors’ health services have been running a doctors’ health conference every two years. As well as providing a strong academic and educational programme for these conferences, many of those working in this field have been contributing to the understandings of physician health by presenting research papers and workshops at international conferences.
In 2016, DHQ was selected by the Doctors’ Health Services Pty Ltd to receive funding as part of the Medical Board of Australia’s vision to expand doctors’ health services across Australia. These funds were provided to the AMA (Federal) which established a wholly owned subsidiary company, Doctors’ Health Services Pty Ltd, (DrHS) to distribute the funds and ensure the doctors’ health activities were delivered at arms’ length from the funder.
In response, DHQ established its own wholly owned subsidiary company, the Qld Doctors Health Programme (QDHP) to deliver these services on its behalf. Dr Margaret Kay was appointed as the inaugural Medical Director of the QDHP to establish this service.
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT THE HELPLINE
Contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information regarding DHAS(Q) or DHQ may be obtained by contacting the AMA Business Support Services Coordinator at:
Tel: 07 3872 2256
Fax: 07 3856 4727
Please note this is not the 24/7 Helpline
Po Box 123
Red Hill Q 4059
Donate to DHAS(Q) and DHQ
Doctors’ Health Advisory Service (Queensland) Inc. (trading as Doctors’ Health in Queensland) is a registered charity with Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). DHAS(Q) has Deductible Gift Recipient status and donations over $2 are tax deductible.
We deeply value your donation which support doctors’ and medical students’ health and wellbeing.
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Call 07 3833 4352
For doctors and medical students only – Independent and Confidential advice
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FOR ANY EMERGENCY PLEASE CALL 000
Meet the DHQ Committee
Dr Michael Kennedy
Dr Michael Kennedy joined the QDHP Board in 2021, and is a widely-respected retired general practitioner from Brisbane. After completing his Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Queensland, graduating in 1973, Michael’s career has included a forty-five year history of ownership and managing the Everton Hills Medical Centre, on the northside of Brisbane, which continues in expanded form today. Michael has been extensively involved in the Brisbane medical community throughout this time, which has enabled him to understand the needs and concerns of Queensland doctors and medical students. He has served as the inaugural president of the Northside Local Medical Association in Brisbane, and now has life membership of the FRACGP and is a retired member of the AMA. These leadership experiences have given Michael an astute understanding of Brisbane’s medical landscape, and the importance of doctors’ health.
Michael also has over twenty-five years of experience as a volunteer GP on the QDHP/DHQ helpline and has served on the DHQ Management Committee for several years, including in the role of Vice-President, and subsequently President. These roles have allowed Michael to bring governance experience to the QDHP Board, and a firm understanding of how QDHP’s goals align with DHQ. Michael values serving on the QDHP Board to further doctors’ health in Queensland, and recognises the importance of cohesion and a shared vision in furthering QDHP’s vision and strategic plan.
Dr Anne Ulcoq
Dr Anne Ulcoq is the Vice President of the Doctors’ Health Advisory Service Queensland, past president of the Queensland Medical Women’s Society and a retired General Practitioner. She has a wealth of experience in caring for doctors and assisted with taking calls on the Doctors Health Advisory Service Queensland helpline for many years. She was also involved in training new doctors who join the organisation. She worked part time at Hummingbird House Queensland, providing care at the end of life for children with serious conditions. She is a beloved mother and grandmother and in her spare time, she is also a talented sourdough baker!