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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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Working in a caring profession sometimes tests personal and professional boundaries, it can stretch friendships, and it can throw up any manner of tricky situations. Caring for those who care is the primary reason this helpline exists. Encouraging doctors to place as much emphasis on their own physical and mental well-being as they do their patients. Doctors’ Health Qld is a peer-to-peer helpline. If you want to talk to someone who knows how stressful, overwhelming, or even exhilarating becoming or being a doctor can be, call (07) 3833 4352. #caringforthecarers #doctorsneeddoctors #peertopeersupport #confidentialconversations ... See MoreSee Less
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We are sorry we've been silent for so long. We've had a few technical issues here at DHQ with this page. So, we reached out to someone who understood the problems we were having. And now, we are back! If you're having technical issues with your role as a doctor or medical student, follow our lead and reach out to someone who understands. Help is only a call away (07) 3833 4352. #doctorssupportingdoctors #dhqisback #whacaresforthecarers #wedo ... See MoreSee Less
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As we wave goodbye to 2020 and welcome in 2021, we thank you all for your support of Doctors' Health in Queensland this year. 2020 has been a great reminder that doctors' health encompasses not just mental health, but every aspect of wellbeing - that includes physical, financial, workplace, social, spiritual, and medicolegal health. QLD doctors and medical students, whatever 2021 brings us, we are here for you. Our confidential helpline is available 24/7 on 07 3833 4352. ... See MoreSee Less
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As we wave goodbye to 2020 and welcome in 2021, we thank you all for your support of Doctors' Health in Queensland this year. 2020 has been a great reminder that doctors' health encompasses not just mental health, but every aspect of wellbeing - that includes physical, financial, workplace, social, spiritual, and medicolegal health. QLD doctors and medical students, whatever 2021 brings us, we are here for you. Our confidential helpline is available 24/7 on 07 3833 4352. ... See MoreSee Less
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The Doctors' Health in Queensland helpline will continue to be available 24/7 throughout December for all QLD based doctors and medical students on 07 3833 4352.Please note, that our office will be closing from 24th December, re-opening on the 7th January 2021. All administrative and educational enquiries will be responded to in the New Year. We wish you all a healthy and happy festive season! ... See MoreSee Less
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Are you wondering if the @dochealthqld helpline is for you? ✔If you are a QLD-based doctor or medical student at any stage of your career, you can call us. ✔If you are a QLD-based international medical graduate, you can call us. ✔If you are a friend, colleague or family member concerned about a QLD-based doctor or medical student, you can call us. ✔If you are a QLD-based doctor or medical student affected by a physical, mental, workplace or personal issue and looking for confidential support, you can call us.✔If you are a QLD-based doctor or medical student but not currently working, you can call us. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖✖If you are a member of public looking for health advice, please contact your GP or in an emergency call 000. ✖If it is a crisis situation, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636, or in an emergency call 000. ✖If you are a QLD-based doctor or medical student looking for medico-legal advice, please contact your medical defence organisation. ✖If you are a doctor, medical student or member of public needing a prescription or a referral, please contact your GP.✖If you are a doctor or medical student, in Australia but based outside of QLD, please go to www.drs4drs.com.au/getting-help/ to find your state or territory doctors’ health advisory service. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖We encourage all doctors and medical students to have their own GP. (And if you have a GP, when was the last time you saw them?!)The confidential Doctors' Health in Queensland helpline is available 24/7, free of charge, on 07 3833 4352. (flip phone optional…!) ... See MoreSee Less
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Yes! Permission to take care of ourselves. Important not just for our own wellbeing as doctors but also for the positive impact on our patients.As doctors we rarely give ourselves permission to do the things we need to do. And when we do, we often talk ourselves straight out of it again!We might say"I really need to leave on time, but I've got 10 emails to answer first."Or"I really need to go to the gym tonight, but I've got all that paperwork still to do."There is always a "but" and that is the bit we get stuck on.If we try saying "and...so" instead of "but" - magic happens...Say to yourself"I really need to leave on time, AND I've got 10 emails to answer first, SO I'll answer the 3 most urgent and leave the rest until tomorrow."Or"I really need to go to the gym tonight AND I've got paperwork to do, SO I'll do half an hour of each, 30mins work then 30 minutes at the gym."This simple language hack puts your brain in a position where it can make a choice and come up with solutions. When you use a "but" your brain shuts down. When you replace 'but' with 'and...so' your brain starts to find solutions.Try switching out "but" with "and...so", and see what a difference it can make...Maybe you can start to leave on time more often when you need to, and work in a way that nurtures you.When was the last time you left work on time? How did it feel? Let us know with a comment below and maybe you can inspire another doctor to leave on time too... 👇 ... See MoreSee Less
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Check out this podcast with Adam Kay - former NHS doctor and author of "This Is Going To Hurt", in conversation with comedian Sue Perkins. This episode is funny, poignant and will no doubt deeply resonate with some of you. Enjoy!An episode by Sue Perkins: An hour or so with... ... See MoreSee Less
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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. ... See MoreSee Less
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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 ... See MoreSee Less
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