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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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"I think there may have been something about me being a doctor, and being in my late fifties, most of the consultants were in their late fifties or fifties, our kids would be the same age… they weren’t brave enough to say “this is really bad news for you”. Maybe they hid behind the science…to avoid confronting [that] I am a man devoid of hope.”
Dr Kieran Sweeney, GP (1951-2009)

As a mesothelioma patient, Kieran wrote about his experiences, urgently calling for healthcare staff to improve the relational aspects of their care by considering the patient’s perspective and making changes accordingly.

For more information on the Sweeney Programme named after Dr Kieran Sweeney go to: www.pointofcarefoundation.org.uk/our-work/sweeney-programme/about-the-sweeney-programme/
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Doctors’ Health in Queensland wishes to announce that Dr Margaret Kay will be stepping aside today from her role as Medical Director and CEO.

She will continue to work with Doctors' Health in Queensland as a volunteer general practitioner supporting the education and training of our On Call GP Panel and continuing to support our advocacy towards enhancing the wellbeing of doctors and medical students across Queensland.

Please join us in thanking Margaret for her incredible work supporting the health and wellbeing of doctors and medical students across Queensland.

We think you will all agree her dedication, expertise and compassion has made a huge difference to the lives of the doctors and medical students she has helped.
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A real good news story in doctors’ health!

Congratulations Dinesh!

You can connect with Dinesh’s organisation here: Doctors With Disabilities AustraliaCongratulations, Dr Dinesh Palipana! 👏

The senior resident doctor at Gold Coast University Hospital and co-founder of Doctors With Disabilities Australia was last night named the 2021 Queensland Australian of the Year.

Dr Palipana was the first quadriplegic medical graduate in Queensland, and was recently admitted as a lawyer.

He's appeared as a witness to the Disability Royal Commission advocating for equitable treatment for people with disabilities through COVID-19, and has already been recognised as Junior Doctor of the Year and with an Order of Australia.

Aunty McRose Elu took out the Queensland Senior Australian of the Year. She's an advocate for Torres Strait communities and climate change.

Conservationists and Brothers Daniel and William Clarke won the Queensland Young Australians of the year for their work in protecting endangered orangutan populations.

Natasha Johnston was named as Queensland Local Hero for her role as founder of Drought Angels, a service that delivers care packages and financial assistance to thousands of drought-stricken farming families across Queensland and NSW.

📷: Salty Dingo
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Brené Brown providing wise guidance on burnout in this podcast.Burnout. We’re all there. It’s exhausting. The good news? There’s a path through it.

In this episode of #UnlockingUs I talk to Drs. Emily and Amelia Nagoski about their book, Burnout.

I’ve been practicing their 7 “complete the stress cycle strategies” since we recorded the podcast and I must say: Total game changer!

HUGE learning for me: Dealing with the STRESSOR is just one part of dealing with burnout. The other part is dealing with the STRESS by completing the stress cycle and getting through that emotions tunnel.

You can listen to our conversation here: bit.ly/3iRRX4Q
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The time is right to set a reform agenda in Australia that positions the mental health and wellbeing of the medical profession as a national priority.

Join Dr Hash Abdeen, Webinar Facilitator and Chair, AMA Council of Doctors in Training, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health, and our Panel for the launch of Every Doctor, Every Setting: A National Framework to guide coordinated action on the mental health of doctors and medical students, developed with the support of medical leaders in Australia.

The webinar will discuss how the Every Doctor, Every Setting: A National Framework can support significant reform and change across a range of settings with actions that can be taken at an individual, organisation, service and government level to support and mental health and wellbeing of doctors and medical students over the long term.

Register your attendance at: zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7TekUnFOSNuzFYHscy6Ljw

Find out more about Every Doctor, Every Setting: A National Framework and the webinar program here: ama.com.au/every-doctor-every-setting
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Thanks to Vicky Dawes our Counsellor and Education Officer for sharing this story.

From Vicky: "It's a scary thing to share your own personal story and to put your name to it, but by doing this I hope to let other doctors and medical students going through tough times know that they are not alone and that it is possible not just to recover but to go on to thrive. This is my small part to help break down the stigma surrounding burnout and showing vulnerability in medicine".

AMSA Mental Health Beyond Blue AMA Queensland Council of Doctors in Training#WeAreMedicine #WeAreHuman - STORY #5

“I’m discussing the plan for a man in Resus 1 with the ICU reg, when an RMO pops their head around the curtain to ask if I can review one of their patients. I bark back, “ARE THEY DYING? NO? WELL IT CAN WAIT THEN”. What have I become?” - Dr Vicky Dawes

READ VICKY’S FULL STORY HERE: qld.ama.com.au/sites/qld/files/QLD/PDFs/MentalHealthcampaign_Story5.pdf

MORE INFO: qld.ama.com.au/we-are-medicine-and-we-are-human

- with Doctors' Health in Queensland Victorian Doctors Health Program Doctors' Health SA - DHSA Doctors' Health Advisory Service Western Australia Doctors' Health Advisory Service NSW & ACT

#WeAreMedicine_AMAQ #WorldMentalHealthDay #AMAQCouncilOfDoctorsInTraining #LookAfterYourMentalHealthAustralia #InThisTogether
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If you are a doctor or medical student in QLD experiencing difficulties, no matter whether clinical or personal - you can call the free and confidential Doctors' Health in Queensland
helpline on 07 3833 3452. We are here for you.#WeAreMedicine #WeAreHuman

“I still remember my first MET call...”

READ WHAT HAPPENED HERE: qld.ama.com.au/sites/qld/files/QLD/PDFs/MentalHealthcampaign_Story4.pdf

SHARE this story to let your colleagues know you are there for support if needed.

MORE OF YOUR STORIES HERE: bit.ly/33elTU7

#WeAreMedicine_AMAQ #WorldMentalHealthDay #AMAQCouncilOfDoctorsInTraining #LookAfterYourMentalHealthAustralia #InThisTogether
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Racism is unacceptable anywhere in Medicine.

If you would like to speak to a peer in confidence about this, or any other issue you may be facing, you can call Doctors’ Health in QLD 24/7 on 07 3833 4352.As an intern I did a rotation in orthopaedics. A few weeks before the end of the term we had one patient who was hostile, angry and rude. He would complain of my incompetence.

I had been made to think I was inadequate, but it was in fact related to the colour of my skin...

FULL STORY HERE: bit.ly/3lbu6if

SHARE this story to let your colleagues know you are there for support if needed.

MORE INFO: bit.ly/33elTU7

#WeAreMedicine_AMAQ #WorldMentalHealthDay #AMAQCouncilOfDoctorsInTraining #LookAfterYourMentalHealthAustralia #InThisTogether

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Over the next 3 weeks, AMA Queensland and AMA Queensland Council of Doctors in Training will be releasing a series of stories from doctors and medical students who detail some of the difficult points of their careers and how they have dealt with this.

Through these stories we can help to break down stigma, and offer hope and support to those of you who are struggling at the moment.

If you are a QLD based doctor or medical student, you can call the Doctors' Health in Queensland helpline 24/7 for confidential support and advice on 07 3833 4352.
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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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