About Queensland Doctors’ Health Programme

QDHP was established as the service arm of the Doctors’ Health in Queensland. DHQ is an organisation developed by doctors, led by doctors. 

Our organisation receives support from dedicated volunteer doctors who answer our helpline and provide assistance to colleagues in need.  

We recognise that medical practitioners may find it challenging accepting the role as a patient 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, as well as conditions specifically related to the stresses of professional practice. We are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of doctors and medical students in Queensland, understanding that this work benefits the community as a whole – improving the delivery of quality care and encouraging others to focus on positive health maintenance behaviours.

About

About DHASQ/DHQ

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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

The QDHP Board

Dr Ross Phillipson

Dr Ross Phillipson

Chair of the DHQ Board

Dr Jon-Paul Khoo

Dr Jon-Paul Khoo

Director

Dr Di Khursandi

Dr Di Khursandi

Director

Mr Peter O'Sullivan

Mr Peter O'Sullivan

Director

Mr Andrew Tathem

Mr Andrew Tathem

Director

Sophie Watson

Sophie Watson

Board Secretariat

The DHQ/QDHP Team

 

Fiona Hawthorne (BNurs; GradDIpAdVocEd; MSc – Genetic Counselling; PhD; Churchill Fellow)  is DHQ’s Interim Chief Executive Officer. Fiona provides strategic and operational leadership of QDHP. Fiona is also leading a service review of QDHP to ensure it continues to build on the foundations laid down over the past 5 years and set a new horizon for the next 5 years. Fiona previously worked as a nurse, health ethicist, patient safety analyst, and academic having lectured in Schools of Medicine and Nursing on clinical communication and professional practice. When she is not leading QDHP, Fiona is the General Manager of Hummingbird House, Queensland’s only children’s hospice.

 

Naomi Newton (BSc Dip Medical Practice Management) joined DHQ in 2018 as Office Manager. Naomi provides support for the GP On Call Panel and attends to the general administrative duties required for the organisation. She is a trained microbiology scientist, has expertise in medical administration, understands health issues and is comfortable communicating with doctors and medical students. She helps promote the organisation, attending promotional events and maintaining the website.