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Did you know that DHQ is a registered Charity? All donations over $2 are fully tax deductible and help us to support the health and wellbeing of Queensland's doctors and medical students. https://dhq.org.au/donate/

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QMO is running the most amazing raffle for their upcoming concert (it will be drawn during the concert on 26th June). This raffle is to help them meet the cost of running of the concert, and to maximise the ticket sales to their charity Doctors' Health in Queensland....

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Doctors call for mental health help as patient demand rises

The number of people seeking GP appointments is on the rise, and doctors say they are burning out as they struggle to keep up with demand. Spike in calls to doctor helpline Support programs like the Queensland Doctors Health Program have noted a marked increase in...

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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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The Imposter Syndrome for Medical ProfessionalsSuccessful people, even doctors, often feel like frauds! The session will explain why high-performing people often doubt their abilities.Imposter Syndrome Webinar for Medical Professionals - evening 1st March.Doctors' Health SA & Doctors' Health NT are hosting this event for Northern Territory and South Australian doctors."Why successful people, and even doctors, often feel like frauds!"Facilitated by Hugh Kearns from ThinkWell, who is recognised internationally as a public speaker, educator and researcher. He regularly lectures at universities across the world including lectures at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Berkeley, Stanford. Hugh recently spoke at the Australasian Doctors' Health Conference in Adelaide. At the end of this session you will:- know what the latest psychological research tells us about the imposter syndrome is and how it operates- realise how widespread imposter feelings are and why highly successful people can feel like frauds- be aware of evidence-based strategies that reduce imposter feelings.2-hour webinar starts:6pm NT time7pm SA time Limited places. More information here and to register - doctorshealthsa.com.au/events/imposter-syndrome-webinar-for-medical-professionals ... See MoreSee Less
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Congratulations to our medical director Dr Jen Schafer for becoming an AFMW Representative!Introducing Dr Jennifer Schafer – AFMW Representative: We are delighted to introduce Dr Jennifer Schafer as our second AFMW (Australian Federation for Medical Women) representative, together with Dr Anita Sharma. Dr Schafer stepped into this role to join the new AFMW council which was elected at the AFMW AGM in November 2022.Dr Jennifer Schafer is a general practitioner, with special interests in allergy/gastroenterology, clinical trials (coeliac disease), doctors’ health (Medical Director, Doctors’ Health in Qld, Patron UQMS) and governance (GAICD, AICGG, Chair BNPHN).When away from work, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, reading for pleasure, learning photography, and rambling walks with her dogs.Welcome Jen and we look forward to enjoying the vast experience and knowledge that you bring to the QMWS committee and AFMW Council. ... See MoreSee Less
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Congratulations Dr Roger Sexton!#AustraliaDay2023 - AUSTRALIA DAY HONOUR - We are absolutely thrilled to share this morning that our wonderful Medical Director, Dr Roger Sexton was made a Member of the Order (AM) for his tireless work, for over 30 years now, supporting his colleague's health and wellbeing through doctors' health programs. Firstly with Dr DOC at Rural Doctors Workforce Agency in the early 2000s, and currently as our Medical Director for Doctors' Health SA since 2010. As well initiating the establishment of Doctors' Health NT in 2016. These past 3 decades he has never given up on advocating for all doctors and medical students to enjoy a healthy professional career as a doctor, and for them to have access to care for themselves without barriers and stigma.Roger has contributed as a director and member on a multitude of state and national boards and committees over the years, ensuring that the health of the medical workforce is a vital issue to be embedded in healthcare organisations not to be just an add-on. He continues this work with his recent re-appointment as Chair for the Australasian Doctors Health Network (ADHN), his expertise and wisdom supporting doctors' health services across Australia & New Zealand. Locally he is Editor of AMA(SA)'s Medic SA and on the GPEx Board.A big congratulations from your Doctors' Health SA team!! We are immensely proud of you receiving this Award, and we are extremely lucky to work with you, with so much passion and heart for continuing to support and care for our medical professionals. Doctors Health Advisory Service Western Australia - dhaswa Doctors' Health in Queensland Doctors' Health Advisory Service NSW & ACT Victorian Doctors Health Program Country SA PHN GPEx RACGP Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) Chris Picton MP Sasmoa Ward South Australian Medical Education and Training Australian Medical Students' Association - AMSA Australian Doctor Australian Medical Association University of Adelaide MIGA#doctorshealth #medicalstudenthealth ... See MoreSee Less
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The Medical Culture Club has been recently established with the view to improving the health and wellbeing of doctors by fostering new interests and interpersonal networks. The inaugural meeting was in November 2022, with two events planned for this year. Meeting 2: Friday 17/2/23 at 1pm at University of Qld Art Gallery Initially meeting at the front door, just in the foyer. Dr Paolo Magagnoli will again enchant us with his expertise for an hour or so, with a lecture and questions, then we can look around the gallery with a local expert guide from around 2.30pm and adjourn to the Red Room for a beverage and yarn. Meeting 3: Monday 24/4/23 at 6.30pm at Billie Brown Theatre at South Brisbane 25 tickets available for the Qld Theatre Production of As You Like It - a Shakespeare comedy. Plus, a Q&A session with the cast after the show. This gig is absolutely capped at the first 25 people to respond, as we have only procured this many tickets. Please RSVP as soon as you can. This will be a first in, first served arrangement.To register please email: medicalcultureclub@groups.outlook.com ... See MoreSee Less
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Black Dog Institute has developed a free, evidence-based resource called The Essential Network (TEN) to address research about high levels of burnout in health care workers.Today we're supporting a wellbeing partner-in-crime: Black Dog Institute 💙🧡 Black Dog Institute has developed a free, evidence-based resource called The Essential Network (TEN) to address research about high levels of burnout in health care workers.The Essential Network site provides: 💙 A free self-guided mental health assessment which provides a range of triaged support options (called the TEN Digital Mental Health Check-up) 💙 Connection to one-on-one clinical care through Black Dog Institute’s TEN Clinic, with up to five free telehealth sessions with a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist 💙 Peer support – offered through TEN partner Hand-n-Hand 💙 Digital mental health programs – including the 'Navigating Burnout' programwww.blackdoginstitute.org.au/the-essential-network/Our thoughts are with all those who are feeling burnt out at the moment #doctorshealth #mentalhealth Doctors' Health SA - DHSA Doctors' Health in Queensland Victorian Doctors Health Program Doctors' Health NSW ... See MoreSee Less
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AMA Queensland will be holding another fantastic and free Medical Careers Expo in March.Discover your dream job - talk to doctors living it! Come to our #free careers expo designed for doctors: www.ama.com.au/qld/events/medical-careers-expo-2023What career path ends in your dream job? Find out at the AMA Queensland Medical Careers Expo on 18 March. - Live Q&A with industry professionals- Panels of experts- Colleges, hospitals and private operatorsSponsors include: Cutcher Neale, Doctors' Health Fund, Doctors' Health in Queensland, JCU: James Cook University, Australia, MDA National, RACGP, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM). #free #careers #doctors ... See MoreSee Less
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Welcome to all our fabulous new Interns! We wish you a great orientation and a successful 2023.Life comes with many challenges and if you need a little extra support, we provide a free and confidential service to all QLD-based doctors and medical students. Call us on 07 3833 4352. ... See MoreSee Less
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A great article by DHASWA Assistant Director Dr Sarah Newman - ‘The second victim – supporting JMOs through medical errors’. DHQ provides free and confidential support to all QLD-based doctors and medical students. Call us on 07 3833 4352.As we enter Intern week and change of term, seniors need to support juniors as they learn the ropes as this is a time where errors will occur. Our Assistant Director, Dr Sarah Newman, has written an article for MDA National titled, ‘The second victim – supporting JMOs through medical errors’ about the importance of medical leadership and a professional workplace in the face of medical errors. Doctors are humans too, and make errors all the same. As Dr Sarah Newman writes in her article, “open discussion of medical errors during college education, peer groups and supervision will help dispel the stigma of mistakes.” 💙Seniors who respond to JMO medical errors with professionalism and support transform mistakes into experiences to grow. LINK HERE 👉 www.mdanational.com.au/advice-and-support/library/articles-and-case-studies/2022/12/the-second-vi...'second%20victim'%2C,we%20are%20all%20fallibly%20human.Doctors' Health SA - DHSA Doctors' Health NSW Doctors' Health in Queensland Victorian Doctors Health Program Australian Medical Association (WA) MDA National #mentalhealth #doctorshealth ... See MoreSee Less
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Check out this wonderful video of our Doctors' Health Services about overcoming challenges and saving lives! ... See MoreSee Less
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The DHQ office will be closed for two weeks from this afternoon.We wish to thank all our dedicated helpline volunteers, our wonderful supporters and stakeholders, and those who reached out to us in 2022. All have helped us make an impact and improve the wellbeing of medical students and doctors in Queensland.Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.See you all in 2023! ... See MoreSee Less
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We have some exciting news! DHQ will be holding another QLD Doctors' Health Forum mid next year. Calling out for expressions of interest for the scientific committee to ensure this is another memorable event dedicated to doctors' health and wellbeing.Please email your interest to admin@dhq.org.au ... See MoreSee Less
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Our wonderful directors of each state and territory Doctors' Health Services caught up today at the Australasian Doctors' Health Conference in Adelaide.A big shout out to all for their incredible dedication and work advocating for medical student and doctors' wellbeing!Doctors Health Advisory Service Western Australia - dhaswaDoctors' Health SA - DHSA Doctors' Health Advisory Service NSW & ACT Tasmanian Doctors Health Program Victorian Doctors Health Program ... See MoreSee Less
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A great team dedicated to doctors’ health and wellbeing!It was a great privilege to meet with medical directors and staff from our fellow states health services as part of the Australasian Doctors Health Network- big ideas and big plans for working together to improve doctors’ health in Australia into the future.We look forward to the conference, and meeting other passionate colleagues from around Australia, New Zealand and the world. Shout out to Doctors' Health SA - DHSA for all their planning and hard work Doctors' Health in Queensland Doctors' Health NSW Victorian Doctors Health Program Drs4Drs Tasmania #doctorsmentalhealth #doctorshealth #doctorwellbeing #ADHN2022#australiandoctors #physicianwellness ... See MoreSee Less
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Do you need time to reconnect to yourself? Time away from the daily responsibilities of the job?At EMMlife, escapes are especially tailored to doctors, the intention is to allow you time away from external expectations to aide in your mental wellbeing and professional development.For more information and contact details, see below. ... See MoreSee Less
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Last chance to register!Some great presentations being shared at the Australasian Doctors' Health Conference 2022! Do you have your tickets??“Lessons Learned From Introducing A Wellbeing Program From One District Tertiary Hospital To Another”“A positive approach to retaining rural GPs – The Rural Retreats”“Healing with Words”"The Thriving Doctor"“Lessons learnt from an innovative wellbeing program for Queensland Interns”“Finding Meaning Through Diversity – A national survey of Australian General Practitioners”“Humanising Mental Illness In Medical School”“Resilience – Humans and therefore doctors, don’t bounce on concrete (trampolines are far better!)”Find out more and register here - adhc.doctorshealthsa.com.au/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Who are the first responders for GP registrar wellbeing? Share your experience / observations as part of our research into the best practice delivery of pastoral care for GP registrars. - mailchi.mp/0586075cae7a/who-are-the-first-responders-for-gp-registrar-wellbeing-1284349 ... See MoreSee Less
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Are you interested in the doctors’ health? We recommend attending the 2022 Australasian Doctors’ Health Conference in Adelaide. The ADHC will see passionate doctors congregate, share ideas and hold important discussions in the doctors’ health field.Australia needs to implement a national health strategy for doctors. For years we have talked about burnout amongst Australian doctors. 97% of doctors will experience burnout and doctor suicide remains 2-3 times the national average. Coordinated systemic change and enhanced access to care are needed to improve doctors’ wellbeing.There are doctors out there advocating for such changes, including A/Prof Chanaka Wijeratne (UNSW), Dr Margaret Kay (UQ), Prof Mark Arnold (USyd) and A/Prof Jeffrey Looi (ANU). This group recently co-wrote an incredible MJA article, ‘Australia needs to implement a national health strategy for doctors’ which you can read at; www.mja.com.au/journal/2022/217/7/australia-needs-implement-national-health-strategy-doctors For more information, or if you want to be a part of the doctors’ health discussion, we recommend attending the 2022 Australasian Doctors’ Health Conference in Adelaide. The ADHC will see passionate doctors congregate, share ideas and hold important discussions in the doctors’ health field.UNSW Medicine & Health The University of Queensland Sydney Health Science at The Australian National University Doctors' Health SA - DHSA Doctors' Health in Queensland Australian Medical Association (WA)#mentalhealth #doctorshealth #australiandoctors #doctors #doctorsmentalhealth ... See MoreSee Less
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The ADHC will have fantastic speakers on a vast range of doctors' and medical student health and wellbeing topics. Plus a registration discount for this weekend only!See you all there!Australasian Doctors' Health Conference: For this weekend ONLY (available now!) 10% discount on all main conference registrations - Virtual, Full or One Day. Use coupon code: health10 - when completing your registration - adhc.doctorshealthsa.com.au/registrations/We have now included to the program special music from Adelaide Medical Students' Society - AMSS Orchestra AUMO (playing throughout the program).Over 50 presentations from presenters across the world sharing supports, resources, research, initiatives and experiences of doctors' health and wellbeing.27 Exhibitors!A bookshop on site selling doctor-authored books!We are welcoming Minister Chris Picton (Friday of the conference) & Minister Mark Butler (Saturday morning of the conference) joining us.The winner of the Literary Prize will be announced Saturday morning!There will be a self-care tree (wondering what that is? Well come along and see!).....and so much more!A great energy of delegates who are all coming for the reason of supporting doctors' and medical students' health and wellbeing, from right across Australia, New Zealand, UK and Canada!Thank you to our platinum sponsors MIGA, Rural Doctors Workforce Agency, SA Health.Doctors' Health in Queensland RACGP Brentnalls SA Doctors Health Advisory Service Western Australia - dhaswa Victorian Doctors Health Program Australian Doctor Hand-n-Hand Peer Support Crazysocks4docs Rural Generalist Program South Australia BOQ Adelaide ... See MoreSee Less
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