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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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***Big news!***

***Big news!***

The Queensland Doctors' Health Programme is now Doctors' Health Queensland! Our helpline number is the same (07 3833 4352).

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Its our 4th Birthday on the 1st June!

Its our 4th Birthday on the 1st June!

QDHP is celebrating 4 years this Monday 4th of June 2020. We have some exciting changes coming soon. We would like to thank all the wonderful people who have helped QDHP grow and have been involved in doctors' health in Queensland.

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2020 Crazy Socks 4 Docs Day 5th June

2020 Crazy Socks 4 Docs Day 5th June

Join colleagues, friends and health professionals Australia wide to kick off the 2020 CrazySocks4Docs Day with a not-to-be-missed virtual event hosted by Dr Sally Cockburn – family doctor, health advocate, media presenter and writer.Don your craziest socks...

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A polite reminder:

A polite reminder:

We have recently been receiving a number of calls from concerned members of the public looking for guidance on the coronavirus. For information on the coronavirus please call the Department of Health's dedicated Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080....

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What to expect when you call the QDHP Helpline:

What to expect when you call the QDHP Helpline:

When you call the Helpline, an agent at our paging service will answer your call. They will ask you for *a* name and contact number on which our on-call GP or counsellor can reach you. The confidential helpline is staffed by trained senior General Practitioners and...

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October 10th was World Mental Health Day.

October 10th was World Mental Health Day.

The following podcasts feature doctors talking about their own experiences with mental ill health. They speak out to inspire us all to #SeeBeyondTheStigma. In this Lifeline "Holding on to Hope" podcast, Dr Kieran Allen, himself a psychiatry registrar, speaks openly...

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The Royal Australian and NZ College of Psychiatrists, invites all medical professionals to join international doctors' health expert Dr Michael Myers for a free webinar: Physician wellness in the era of COVID-19.

Time: 8:00am (AEST)
Date: 30th September 2020
Online, via Zoom
Register here: ranzcp-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4gCdUhmKR_6XImdfzdHHUQ
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In medicine it can be hard to identify when a colleague is going through a tough time. Work can be busy and stressful with colleagues that we don’t have much time to get to know. When we are experiencing the same stressors and difficulties ourselves it can be hard to recognise the impact on our colleagues and peers but also crucially on our own wellbeing.

There’s not a lanyard badge that says “Having a tough day. Please be kind and ask me how I am.” That lanyard badge might in fact look like unfriendliness or irritability, it might be being late to work or trying to juggling exam study, clinical work and home life. Think about what your colleagues are saying, what they are doing and what is going on in their life. Take a moment to reflect on your own words, behaviours and life challenges too.

Asking someone “R U OK?” doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. R U OK? is in small moments of compassionate connection that every one of us can do no matter who we are, where we are working or who we are asking. A kind word, an gentle enquiry, a moment of connection. Sometimes the smallest interventions can have the biggest impact.

At Doctors' Health in Queensland we get calls to our confidential helpline from doctors and medical students at every stage of their careers, from the greenest medical student to the most senior consultant. We get calls relating to physical and mental health problems, clinical situations, errors and complaints, personal challenges, stress, burnout, and bullying.

No matter what challenge they are facing, every one of our callers is looking for connection, support and validation that they are not alone. Often we are the first person they have spoken to about the difficulties they are facing. There is nothing to distinguish these doctors from yourselves. Our callers are your colleagues, your friends, your seniors and juniors, they are just like you, they are you.

You can ask R U OK?

It’s ok to say you’re not.

A huge thank you to medical student Hanh from Cedar Nest Productions and her friends for making this amazing video for us.

R U OK Day
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Are you a Queensland based GP or GP registrar? Join us for DHQ Connect - GP Hub!

We know it can be challenging to stay connected as a GP, especially in the current climate. DHQ Connect - GP Hub is your chance to talk about work, home and everything in-between. GP Hub provides a safe online forum for you to connect to your peers in a supportive small group environment.

Next session is 7.30pm 28th August!

Register by emailing us at admin@dhq.org.au
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A sneak peak behind the scenes at Doctors' Health in Queensland!

Here we see our Medical Director, Dr Margaret Kay in the office with our Counsellor and Education Officer Vicky Dawes' dog.

Covid has meant we have had to become flexible with our working arrangements, much like many doctors around Australia. So it's great to have these moments back in the office!
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Continuing on our theme of civility, why not try this quick assessment of your own behaviour?

www.christineporath.com/assess-yourself/

Christine Porath is author of Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace.

As always, the Doctors' Health in Queensland​ helpline is available 24/7 on 07 3833 4352 if you would like to speak to someone in confidence about issues of incivility in the workplace, or any other difficulties you may be facing.

If you would like Doctors' Health in Queensland to come to your workplace to facilitate an education or outreach session, get in contact via admin@dhq.org.au
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Have you experienced or witnessed rudeness at work?

Watch this TEDx talk by Emergency Consultant and founder of Civility Saves Lives Dr Chris Turner.

When someone is rude at work:

🔹 38% of recipients reduce the quality of their work
🔹 48% reduce their time at work
🔹 25% take it our on service users

Rudeness affects witnesses too:
🔹 20% experience a decrease in performance
🔹 50% have a decrease in willingness to help others

"For competent teams, the single most important factor determining the outcome of that team is how we treat each other"

For more information go to: www.civilitysaveslives.com/

If you are a QLD-based doctor or medical student and have experienced or witnessed bullying at work and would like to speak to someone, call Doctors' Health in Queensland 24/7 on 07 3833 4352.

If you would like to explore how to tackle this problem in your own workplace, contact us at admin@dhq.org.au
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Looking for information on burnout?

Check out this resource from the RANZCP Your Health in Mind

www.ranzcp.org/files/temp-folder/burnout-and-compassion-fatigue.aspx

For more doctors' health resources go to our website: www.dhq.org.au/
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Read the new Australian Medical Association Position Statement on the Health and Wellbeing of Doctors and Medical Students here: ama.com.au/position-statement/health-and-wellbeing-doctors-and-medical-students-2020

An important reminder - you do not need to be an AMA member to access your local state/territory Doctors' Health Advisory Service. All QLD based doctors and medical students can call Doctors' Health in Queensland 24/7 for support on 07 3833 4352.
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Did you know Doctors' Health in Queensland isn't just a 24/7 helpline? We can also provide expert speakers (online or in person) on a range of doctors' health issues.

Contact us today at admin@qdhp.org.au to find out more!
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